01 March 2016

DPMM FC clinch first victory of the season

Sunday, February 28, 2016

REIGNING Singapore League (S-League) champions DPMM FC barged into the win column after a 3-1 victory over Warriors FC last night.
All the damage was done in the first half with the trio of Brian McLean, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi and Azwan Salleh getting their names on the scoresheet in their first triumph after three matches – moving them up to fourth position on four points tied with Tampines Rovers FC, who have a game in hand, in the nine-team table.
On the other hand, Jonathan Behe netted early in the second half for the Warriors in a losing effort at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
DPMM FC got off the best of starts and grabbed the lead in the sixth minute.
Azwan Ali Rahman curled a tricky corner kick resulting in Warriors goalkeeper Yazid Yasin getting a hand to it only to fall nicely for McLean to tap in from close range.
Warriors did get the ball in the net in the 13th minute but Syaqir Sulaiman was flagged for offside.
DPMM FC almost doubled the lead four minutes later after Azwan Ali’s freekick from 40 yards out missed everyone but bounced inches wide off the post.
Another chance came begging in the 19th minute but Rafael Ramazotti headed just wide.
Warriors were on target in the 22nd minute with Fazli Jaffar firing from inside the box but DPMM FC custodian Wardun Yussof dived down to keep the ball out.
DPMM FC skipper Rosmin Hj Md Kamis connected on a header off a corner in the 25th minute but it was not enough to trouble Yazid.
The hosts doubled their advantage in the 27th minute with Paulo Sergio setting up Maududi to blast past Yazid from inside the box.
It was 3-0 two minutes later with Azwan Salleh unleashing a thunderbolt from over 20 yards out to bulge the net.
Warriors had back-to-back chances to get back into the tie in the 37th minute but Kento Fukuda’s header was deflected just wide.
Jonathan Behe got a free header at the far post off the ensuing corner but couldn’t place it on target.
DPMM FC were pressing high up the pitch and could have added to the scoresheet in the 39th minute but Azwan Ali’s effort from over 20 yards out bounced off the woodwork.
Warriors got one back just two minutes after the interval with good work by Behe down the left to fire off Wardun from close range.
Behe got in a similar position in the 58th minute but this time his effort met the side netting.
At the other end, Sergio got the better of Poh Yi Feng before curling his shot from the edge of the box over.
Things got a little hectic as things got physical with the whistle not getting blown.
DPMM FC manager Ali Hj Momin was even sent to the stands in the 69th minute for contesting with referee Sukhbir Singh for a handball-incident.
Behe got another opportunity in the 75th minute after beating Sairol Hj Sahari but his shot was off the mark.
DPMM FC almost added to the scoresheet the next minute with Sergio setting up Azwan Ali down the middle but the latter’s shot was saved by Yazid.
Behe placed two shots on target in the 80th and 82nd minutes but Wardun was to his equal to deny him twice.
Substitute Shaiful Esah struck a freekick from 25 yards requiring Wardun to tip over in the 90th minute.
Warriors were awarded a penalty on the ensuing corner kick as Azwan Salleh was judged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Behe stepped up to take the spot kick but his attempt was saved by Wardun.
The other game saw Balestier Khalsa FC and Albirex Niigata (S) FC play out to a 1-1 draw at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore.

The Brunei Times

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