25 October 2015

DPMM FC open up six-point lead

Saturday, October 24, 2015

DPMM FC produced a clean sweep of Harimau Muda (Malaysian national Under-22 football team) in the Singapore League (S-League) after a 2-0 victory to go six points clear at the top of the standings last night.
The Brunei side are now on 46 points with four games remaining. Second placed Balestier Khalsa FC are on 40 points while Tampines Rovers FC are a further three points back but with two games in hand.
Goals from Brian McLean and Rafael Ramazotti (pic) in the first half sealed the win at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca.
For Ramazotti, it was the third straight S-League game the Brazilian has netted and he is firmly atop the S-League goal scoring charts with 18 goals in his debut season with the club - with second-placed Fazrul Nawaz of Warriors FC on 15.
According to the S-League’s Twitter feed, DPMM FC came out aggressively and in the second minute Maududi Hilmi Kasmi raced towards goal but produced a weak shot - resulting in an easy save for Harimau Muda custodian Farhan Abu Bakar.
Azwan Ali Rahman tried one from distance three minutes later but his attempt was saved by Farhan. They got another opportunity in the eighth minute with Paulo Sergio through on goal but the Portuguese forward blasted his attempt over.
DPMM FC were given a let off in the 19th minute with Adam Nor heading Syazwan Andik’s free-kick, only to watch it crash off the bar. The visitors broke the deadlock on the half hour mark after McLean headed home Azwan Ali’s free-kick.
DPMM FC doubled their lead just six minutes later after Farhan gave the ball away to Ramazotti to smash home.
Sergio tried to curl one in off a set piece in the 44th minute but Farhan punched clear.
Harimau Muda almost pulled one back four minutes after the interval through skipper Amirul Hisyam but his long range attempt was denied by the post.
It nearly ricocheted back into goal, but DPMM FC shotstopper Wardun Yussof got hold of it.
DPMM FC had a chance to add to the scoreline off a counter attack in the 58th minute but Maududi’s shot was saved by Farhan.
Adam attempted a dipping shot from 30 yards out in the 63rd minute but it was tipped over by Wardun.
Sergio and Ramazotti played a quick one-two in the 79th minute for the former to shoot at goal but Farhan denied him.
Harimau Muda were reduced to 10 men after Amirul Hisyam picked up his second yellow card in stoppage time for a tackle on DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis, who was forced to be substituted after the challenge.
Meanwhile, last night’s other match between Geylang International FC and Hougang United FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore was cancelled due to haze.

The Brunei Times

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