02 June 2013

DPMM FC crush Lao Police

Friday, May 31, 2013
DPMM FC are through to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Cup after a convincing 4-0 victory over Lao Police FC last night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

This is the second time in three tries that they progressed out of the first round in the competition.

A brace each by Shahrazen Said and second-half substitute Joao Moreira in either half settled the tie for Brunei's only professional team.

Shahrazen gave DPMM FC the best of starts after finding the back of the net in the seventh minute.

His younger brother, Adi, had headed the ball forward allowing Shahrazen to go one-on-one with his defender and a brilliant one touch saw his effort soar over Lao Police goalkeeper Seng Athit Somvang and into the net.

He doubled their advantage by converting from the spot five minutes before halftime.

DPMM FC remained in control of the match in the second half and Moreira came in for Adi in the 78th minute.

The Portuguese striker made immediate impact and got his name on the scoresheet four minutes later.

Azwan Salleh set up Moreira on the right to rifle it in from outside the box.

He summed up a good performance over the defending Lao League Champions by scoring another just before the final whistle with Shahrazen turning distributer this time for a similar goal.

It was sweet revenge for head coach Vjeran Simunic after seeing Brunei fall to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Laos in their AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers back in 2008.

He felt that the game could have gone either way despite the lopsided scoreline.

"It was a good win because the Lao Police team were made up of many national players. I'm very happy with the team's performance and it was a big win," said Simunic in a phone interview from Singapore after the triumph.

"It wasn't an easy game. It was tough as both sides created their chances. We managed to score and (goalkeeper) Wardun (Yussof) did a great job on coming up with good saves," he added.

"The team put in 100 per cent as always. We missed many of our chances in the S-League (losing three out of the last five games) but tonight (Thursday night) we converted them," continued Simunic.

What was more satisfying for the Croatian coach is that they started the game with only one import, Brazilian defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos.

"We are playing with majority local players and I'm very happy with their performance. The win is a good confidence builder," said Simunic.

"Everyone worked hard such as Rosmin (Kamis) and Azwan (Saleh) despite some injuries. We hope to continue our form," he added.

Shahrazen was glad with the result and is hoping that they can continue with this kind of play.

"Good job and well done to my teammates. I hope that we can keep up this style of play in the Singapore League and also the Singapore League Cup," said Shahrazen.

"What I said before, discipline in game and do our own job then we can see the victory," concluded the striker.

The Brunei Times

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