11 August 2015

DPMM FC in the driver’s seat

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DPMM FC took charge of their Singapore Cup quarter-final against Tampines Rover FC with a 3-1 win at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore last night.
A goal each from Brian McLean, Azwan Ali Rahman and Rafael Ramazotti handed the Sultanate’s only professional football club a comfortable two-goal cushion heading into the second leg at the Jurong West Stadium in Singapore on Thursday.
DPMM FC produced their best finish in the competition after edging Tampines 2-1 in the third-place playoff last season to record their first ever win against the Stags in eight meetings dating back to 2012.
According to the Singapore League’s (S-League) twitter feed, DPMM FC got off to a perfect start by finding the net in the fourth minute when McLean rose above everyone to head home Azwan Ali’s free-kick.
Tampines striker – and former DPMM FC player – Rodrigo Tosi replied almost immediately in the seventh minute when he was given plenty of space to make a run into the penalty box, but the Brazilian got his shot blocked by a DPMM FC defender.
Both teams were pressing for early goals and DPMM FC found the net again in the 12th minute through Azwan Ali, but Tampines were quick to respond with a goal from Pedrag Pocuca four minutes later.
The game settled in after the goals, with Tosi firing wide from outside the penalty box in the 35th minute for the only other real chance of the half.
The second half progressed in much the same vein as the first, with DPMM FC finding the net early in the half through striker Ramazotti with a bullet header in 48th minute.
Veteran striker Noh Alam Shah came on for Mateo Roskam in the 57th minute as the Stags were looking to strengthen their attack.
DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof had a brilliant night and pulled off a top class save to tip away Roberto Alviz’s free-kick in the 61st minute, and the DPMM FC custodian was called into action again just a few minutes later to deny Isa Halim’s powerful shot from 30 metres out.
Tampines were desperate to get back into the game and Alviz – who like Tosi, was released by DPMM FC at the end of last season – was red carded for trying to hurry and drag the DPMM FC’s injured player off the pitch late in the game.
DPMM FC and Tampines last faced each other in a S-League tie on Aug 1 which ended 1-1 at the Jurong West Stadium.
Warriors FC will go up against 2013 Cup winners Home United at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium tomorrow and Geylang will face Global FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Albirex Niigata FC (S) will play defending champions Balestier Khalsa at the Jurong East Stadium on Friday.

The Brunei Times

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