17 May 2013

DPMM FC's pain in the rain

Thursday, May 16, 2013
DPMM FC were left crying in the rain after they succumbed to their fifth defeat of the season, falling 2-1 to Hougang United FC in the Singapore League (S-League) last night.

Contested at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore, Azhar Sairudin gave the hosts the lead after a good solo effort to find the back of the net in the 34th minute.

Brunei's only professional team equalised six minutes later through Shahrulrizal Abd Rahman after he pounced on a rebound from a corner kick.

Hougang were winning the aerial battle with their players having the height advantage.

The game-winner for Hougang came on the hour mark with Thomas Beattie scoring on the rebound after a freekick.

DPMM FC tried to even things up by putting on Portuguese striker Joao Moreira, who is not at 100 per cent, in the 72nd minute for Azwan Salleh.

DPMM FC head coach, Vjeran Simunic, believed that they should have at least taken a point out of the game.

"It was a very tough game for us. I thought we controlled most of the first half but things changed in the second as we were put under pressure with all the freekicks given to our opponents," said the head coach in a phone interview after the loss.

"We did create some chances of our own but the Hougang keeper (Fadhil Salim) had a very good game.

"Overall our opponents looked more experienced fielding four imports on the pitch while we only had one," he said.

"We also clearly missed (Hj Muhd) Subhi (Abdillah Hj Bakir) in the match but I couldn't have asked for more from the team. I thought we deserved at least a draw," continued the Croatian.

DPMM FC remain in fifth spot with 18 points from 13 games. Hougang, who have won four straight, move up to seventh just a point back.

The Brunei side will play their next game against the winless Young Lions (Singaporean national Under-23 team) on May 25 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The league continues today with Geylang International FC going up against Balestier Khalsa FC at the Bedok Stadium.

The Brunei Times

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