23 July 2015

Home hold DPMM FC

Thursday, July 23, 2015
DPMM FC kicked off the second round of the Singapore League (S-League) with a 0-0 stalemate against Home United FC last night.
The Brunei side could have taken the three points but couldn’t find a way past the Protectors’ shotstopper Shahril Jantan, who produced key saves to ensure both teams share the spoils in the matchup.
It was a slow start for both sides but it was Home who managed to switch gears first at the Yishun Stadium in Singapore.
Home United had pleas for a penalty turned down after DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof caught Ken Ilso inside the box in the 24th minute.
Home almost broke the deadlock in the 28th minute after Abdil Qayyim got at the end of a freekick and headed the ball towards goal but DPMM FC sweeper Boris Raspudic came to the rescue of to head the ball over at the line. DPMM FC had a good chance three minutes later after a ball by Md Hendra Azam Md Idris was met by Maududi Hilmi Kasmi at the far post but Shahril did well to keep the ball out.
Home improved on their passing game at the start of the second half and almost found the back of the net just two minutes after the interval but Ilso got his shot blocked by Raspudic.
In the 52nd minute, Kamel Ramdani got at the end of a cross from the right but Wardun did well at the near post to deny him.
DPMM FC thought they had taken the lead in the 63rd minute after Ramazotti had his initial header saved by Shahril before Sergio scored on the rebound only to be flagged offside.
Home were given a let off just moments later with no penalty given after Sergio was brought down by Abdil inside the box.
The visitors got forward again in the 69th minute with Sairol Hj Sahari delivering a good cross from the left but Ramazotti’s side footed shot ended at the wrong side of the left post.
Shahril produced another stop three minutes later to deny Ramazzoti’s effort from inside the box.
Good piece of skill by the Brazilian to shift from the right to left foot to fire a low shot from the edge of the box in the 81st minute but the ball goes just wide of the post.
At the other end, Song Uiyong got into the box in the 85th minute but his attempt sailed over the bar.
The Protectors had a good opportunity to steal all three points in the 88th minute with Ilso putting a freekick from 35 yards into the box but Abdil headed it over at the far post.
DPMM FC remain third in the 10-team table with 20 points from 10 games while Home stay in sixth position on 14 points.

The Brunei Times

DST Super League returns next week

Thursday, July 23, 2015
THE DST Super League returns next week with three matches after a month long Ramadhan and Hari Raya break.
The long break can be both a blessing and a curse for teams, potentially halting momentum if results and confidence are positive - or stopping a freefall if all is not well.
The Brunei Times is looking at several matches that could affect movements in the table as well as matches and encounters to look forward to.
IKLS FC will face Lun Bawang first next Saturday at the Berakas Sports Complex followed by another two matches on the next day.
Tabuan Muda (national Under-23 team) will go up against Wijaya FC at the Tutong Sports Complex while defending champions Indera Sports Club (SC) will play resurgent Jerudong FC at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Indera SC could replace Najip I-Team at the top of the table on goal difference should they beat fifth-place Jerudong FC.
Najip I-Team, the only team to complete the first round of the tournament, currently leads the 10-team table league with 18 points after six wins and three losses.
Meanwhile, second-placed Indera SC, the team with a 100 per cent win record - with the other being Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) in third place - now have 15 points from five games.
The other end of the table has bottom dwellers Kilanas FC still looking for their first points in the league after losing all their eight matches.
Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB) also face a rough time - sitting second last with four points after one win, one draw and four defeats.
Kilanas FC will only take the field on August 17 against MS PDB and the policemen have to face Wijaya FC on August 7 before that.
Wijaya FC, who are currently fourth in the league with 12 points, will be able to overtake MS ABDB in third if they beat Tabuan Muda with five goals margin.
Tabuan Muda - who represented the country at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore last month - currently sit sixth in the league with 10 points.
DST Super League newcomers, eight-placed Lun Bawang (four points) and seventh-place IKLS FC (six points) will meet for the first time after being promoted from the DST Premier League.
Lun Bawang could replace IKLS FC in seventh place if they get the three points.
The DST Premier League will also resume next week with two matches.
Panchor Murai FC will go up against Menglait FC next Saturday at the Balapan Track and Field while Perkasa FC will face Rimba Star FC at the Berakas Sports Complex on the next day.
League leaders Kota Rangers FC with 22 points is only win away from lifting the title with two matches left to play. Their closest challenger Tabuan Muda (national under-18 teams) is second with 21 points with only one game left.
Kota Rangers FC will face Perkasa FC on August 7 and Tabuan Muda on August 12.

The Brunei Times