25 September 2012

DPMM FC climb to second place after win FOOTBALL

Monday, September 24, 2012
AN IVAN Jerkovic (pic) brace inspired DPMM FC shift to second in the Singapore League (S-League) after a 3-0 win over Tanjong Pagar United FC last night.

The team's top scorer Shahrazen Said netted his 11th goal of the season in the 65th minute at the Queenstown Stadium in Singapore before the Croatian midfielder netted a quick-fire brace in the 79th and 82nd minute bringing his tally of Asian goal to 52 since 2006.

Trailing league leaders and defending champions Tampines Rovers FC who were held to a 1-1 draw against Gombak United FC on Saturday night by seven points, the S-League title is still mathematically possible for the League Cup champions who have four more games left to play. Brunei's only professional club enjoy a two-point lead over third-placed Japanese outfit Albirex Niigata (S) FC and a four-point advantage over Home United, Harimau Muda and Balestier Khalsa FC.

More importantly, the team are sure to achieve their target of a Top-5 finish in the league after sitting the past two seasons out.

Tanjong Pagar made DPMM FC work for their 3-2 win the last time the two teams met in the S-League on April 13, coming back from 3-0 down to 3-2 after scoring two goals in three minutes. Although last night's loss left Tanjong Pagar 11th in the 13-team S-League, DPMM head coach Vjeran Simunic felt the result wasn't a true reflection of their opponent's class.

The Croatian felt his team's training has been disrupted by the release of 12 players for the national team for next month's ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Myanmar, making the win even more sweeter.

"I think it was our hardest game in six months," insisted Simunic.

"Tanjong Pagar played a fantastic game, just like the one in Brunei.

"They were very motivated and very good. They gave 200 per cent but we gave 300!

"It was a very big fight and I'm very proud of the team.

"We won our last two games so now we're in good form ahead of our next game against Home United," he added.

DPMM FC face Home on Sunday the last S-League match until the competition takes a break for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup qualifiers in Myanmar.

They then end their campaign with games against Woodlands Wellington (Oct 21), Hougang United FC (Oct 24) and the season-ending Nov 2 tie against Balestier.

Geylang United FC beat Young Lions (Singapore national Under-23 team) 2-0 in last night's other game at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore thanks to a 20th minute strike from Shah Hirul and a goal four minutes from time by Jozef Kaplan.

Geylang remain 12th in the S-League while the Young Lions lie two spots ahead.

The Brunei Times

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