30 September 2012

DPMM FC hit 'Home' run

Sunday, September 30, 2012
DPMM FC have Adi Said to thank to for turning a thrilling S-League title race back in their favour after an incredible 3-2 comeback to record their first win against Home United FC this season at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.

DPMM FC looked to be heading for a 2-2 draw before 22-year-old Adi scored a sensational winning goal two minutes into added time.

Lack of composure as well as discipline in the first half made them vulnerable to the visitors. Then, however, came the kind of comeback we always associated DPMM FC with, one that crushed a determined Home United FC side and a victory that might help Brunei's only professional club to win their first S-League title.

"We believe that we are the best team and we can beat any team in this region. Tonight could be the history and tonight could be the night that we won the title," said Vjeran Simunic.

Trailing as early as the 13th minute after Senegalese-French striker Frederic Mendy put Home United in front, DPMM FC found themselves 2-0 down when Home Utd captain Shi Jia Yi converted from the penalty in the 45th minute. DPMM FC were also without their key central defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos when he lasted for 25 minutes before limping off the pitch with an injury.

Mendy was causing problems for DPMM FC and the home side found it hard to penetrate the visitor's defence prompting Simunic to substitute Rosmin Hj Khamis for Helmi Zambin after the half-time break.

Undaunted, DPMM FC mounted a comeback and saw striker Shahrazen Said find the net four minutes into the second half. Pouncing on a poor clearing punch, Shahrazen arched the ball over goalkeeper Lionel Lewis with a header. Patrick Roberto Daniel Da Silva leveled the score five minutes later with a header that left Lewis rooted to the spot.

DPMM FC's pursuit of winning the double appeared to be unraveling. They were devoid of ideas and destined, seemingly, for their fourth draw in the league this season. That Simunic sent on Adi from the bench was a measure of just how desperate they were to win the game.

Looking defeated, a few of the home fans started to make their way out of the stadium thinking that the match will ended up with a draw. But little did they knew that Adi became DPMM FC's hero when he scored his team's third and winning goal during injury time.

Adi was first to the ball during a scramble in the penalty box, scoring the winner and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Praising his players for their never-say-die attitude despite trailing by two goals, Simunic said that he was not impressed by the attendance at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.

"DPMM FC made the Brunei fans happy tonight after a bitter defeat to the Indonesian team last time. (And tonight) is a special game, not all football matches are like this."The Brunei Times

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