DPMM FC suffered their second defeat in a row in the Singapore League (S-League) when they fell 2-1 to Geylang International FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
Rafael Ramazotti equalised for the club in the 65th minute with his sixth goal of the season to cancel out Shawal Anuar opener in the first-half, but Geylang captain’s Faritz Hameed found the net late in the second-half to give his club their only second win of the season.
With the defeat, DPMM FC remained fifth in the table with 14 points after 10 games, meanwhile, Geylang moved up to sixth with 12 points to their name.
The hosts were buoyed by the return of Paulo Sergio who served a one match suspension during the defeat against Albirex Niigata FC (S) last week.
The striker was lively and influential from the start as the host dominated the first 20 minutes with Brian McLean heading wide from a free-kick.
Azwan Ali Rahman was a constant threat throughout and came close to score in some occasions but Geylang goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari was having his best night denying every attempt.
Right-back Helmi Zambin connecting very well with Sergio down Geylang left flank and beautiful one-two passes by the duo ended with Maududi Helmi Kasmi being set free just at the edge of the penalty box, but Geylang captain threw his body to block Maududi’s effort.
Geylang’s first real chance came in the 19th minute when Gabriel Quak set Sahil into the penalty area but the latter fired his shot just wide.
Quak whipped in a beautiful cross meant for Branko Cubrilo but Brian McLean rose above everyone to clear the ball to safety.
A lapse of concentration in defence saw Shawal Anuar was given plenty of space to fire the ball past Wardun Yussof as Geylang stunned the host in the 29th minute.
DPMM responded almost immediately with Sergio hitting the framework with his header following a cross from Azwan Ali.
Azwan Ali was involved in a brilliant one-two passes with Rafael Ramazotti near Geylang right-hand post and the former saw his effort brilliantly tipped over by on form Syazwan.
DPMM FC were pressing hard in the second-half to find equaliser and Sergio came close to find the net when was given plenty of space to shoot from outside the penalty box in the opening minute but his attempt went wide.
Geylang were sitting deep with their organised defence led by captain Faritz Hameed, and they occasional went forward with Branko Cubrilo came very close to score but was denied by Wardun.
DPMM FC made a change in the 58th minute bringing in striker Shahrazen Said for Azwan Ali Rahman.
Najib Hj Tarif also made way for Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris just a few minutes later as they look to strengthen their attack.
Sergio was brought down by Faritz inside the penalty box in the 64th minute and DPMM FC were awarded the penalty which was later converted by Ramazotti.
Faritz redeemed himself in the 86th minute when he fired from 20 metres out, defeating Wardun at the near post following a slight deflection of DPMM FC’s player.
Head coach Steve Kean was left frustrated with the manner of the defeat.
“We created like eight to nine chances in the first-half. And that has been really the pattern that we repeated tonight from last week's game against Albirex where we have most of the chances but we found ourselves behind,” said Kean during the post match conference.
“At the moment, we are not getting fast goal and that bring pressure to ourselves. When you get eight to nine chances and you don’t put it away.
“Honestly I think Geylang was quite happy with a point, they didn’t even chase for a winner, but then we conceded late goal... so we bitterly disappointed tonight.
“What we are going to do now is to get back on the training ground. We can’t have the pattern where every team we are playing at the moment. We got much more chances than the opposition but we are not picking up any points.
“The attacker now need to do some sort of repetition on finishing from all different angle and situation, and the back four need to get back to basic, defend and trying to produce clean sheet to give us the platform to get points again,” he added.