06 November 2015

DPMM FC in drivers seat

Friday, November 6, 2015

IT IS straightforward for DPMM FC now - win two games, and the Singapore League (S-League) title is theirs for the first time.
The Brunei side are back in the drivers seat after Balestier Khalsa FC edged Tampines Rovers FC 4-3 at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore last night.
The Tigers, who are now second on 44 points, closed the gap on the league leaders to two points with only a game remaining – a season-ending meeting against DPMM FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Nov 21.
Tampines, who are stuck on 41 points with a game in hand, have been pushed down to fourth in the table after Albirex Niigata (S) FC came from behind to beat Home United FC 2-1 at the Yishun Stadium in Singapore in last night’s other game.
The Japanese outfit are only four points adrift of DPMM FC with two games left.
Brunei’s only professional team can knock both Balestier and Albirex out of the title race with a win over the defending champions Warriors FC at the Choa Chua Kang Stadium in Singapore tonight.
DPMM FC coach Steve Kean felt that Balestier’s win over Tampines was a plus for them and that victory against Warriors might be enough to lift the title.
“It was a good result,” said Kean in an interview with The Brunei Times last night.
“What we need to do now is play with a calm head and not get too excited.
“If we win tomorrow (Friday), it could be enough before we get to the last match as Tampines would have played their games in hand - so we know what to do,” he added.
DPMM FC are coming off back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after losing to the Stags 1-0 at home on Oct 28 and Geylang International FC 2-1 on Tuesday.
The Brunei side defeated the Warriors in their first two meetings this season – 3-1 on April 24 and 2-0 on August 19.
However, there has been a big change as Alex Weaver is no longer the coach.
When asked on what to watch out for, Kean replied: “Warriors have got nothing to lose and the danger is that they have got a new coach.
“They will have a different way of playing and can be unpredictable.
“It is all about us. We were excellent in the first half against Geylang and in the last 15 minutes.
“We will respect our opponents and we just to have to play at our maximum,” concluded the former Blackburn Rovers manager.
Azwan Ali Rahman will return after serving a one game suspension for his fourth yellow card of the season.

The Brunei Times

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