12 March 2016

DPMM FC up to second

Saturday, March 12, 2016

DPMM FC shrugged off a poor first half performance to secure a 2-1 comeback victory over Home United FC in the Singapore League (S-League) to move to second last night.
Ambroise Begue gave Home the lead before Rafael Ramazotti equalised from the penalty spot in the first half at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
Azwan Ali Rahman netted the winner after the break to ensure DPMM FC kick off their six-game home stretch on a winning note.
The triumph propels the reigning champions from fourth to second in the nine-team table, tied on eight points with leaders Albirex Niigata (S) FC but having played a game more.
Home, meanwhile, are at the bottom of the table with two points from four games.
DPMM FC coach Steve Kean felt that they weren’t at their best but was pleased to notch maximum points.
“The good thing is that we managed to grind it out even though it wasn’t an attractive second half display from us,” said Kean in the post match interview.
“I felt that we played well in the first four games and should have more points.
“But tonight (Friday night) we didn’t really play as well as we normally do and got the points.
“That is a good sign that you can turn it on in the second half and do much better to get the points against a very good Home United team,” concluded the Scotsman.
Both sides came out playing with a similar game plan – pressing high up the pitch when without the ball and moving the ball to keep possession.
Azhar Sairudin produced the first shot on target from the edge of the box in the ninth minute but it went straight to DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.
Sirina Camara delivered a dangerous ball into the box three minutes later but none of the Home players were there for a simple tap in.
Home grabbed the lead in the 19th minute after an initial shot by Azhar was blocked by Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos, only to drop nicely for Begue to score from close range.
It took the wind out of DPMM FC’s sails and Home could have added another just four minutes later.
A good through ball by Ken Ilso sent Khairul Nizam through, but the latter’s effort – which was heading towards the bottom corner – was saved by Wardun.
Ilso picked out Aqhari Abdullah inside the six-yard box in the 26th minute but somehow his shot was deflected over the bar.
Ilso had a shot saved by Wardun two minutes later and the Dane was on target again in the 31st minute after he connected on a Begue cross, but his effort was denied by Wardun.
DPMM FC were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute after Brian McLean was fouled by Camara while defending a set-piece.
Ramazotti stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards out to make it 1-1.
Home skipper Juma’at Jantan sent a cross from the right two minutes after the interval but Azhar failed to capitalise inside the six-yard box.
The Protectors threatened again in the 55th minute with Khairul Nizam firing from inside the box but it was too weak to trouble Wardun.
Juma’at launched a pile-driver from 40 yards out four minutes later but it was caught by Wardun.
DPMM FC made a double change by sending in Shahrazen Said and Md Najib Hj Tarif in place of Maududi Hilmi Kasmi and Sairol Hj Sahari respectively in the 63rd minute.
It proved to be the difference and the hosts grabbed the lead after Sergio found an unmarked Azwan to head past Home custodian Zulfairuz Rudy in the 72nd minute.
Home almost responded immediately but substitute Irfan Fandi’s effort was deflected over.
The visitors came forward again four minutes later but Aqhari fired just wide from 25 yards out.
At the other end, Sergio missed the mark from a deadball situation in the 77th minute.
Camara crossed for Irfan from the left five minutes later but he was off target.
Ilso unleashed a good shot at goal in the 84th minute but Wardun once again was to his equal.
DPMM FC could have killed off the match in the 87th minute after Sergio dribbled into the box from the left but could only fire to the side netting.
Home had a chance to grab a point out of the match two minutes later with Ilso firing a free-kick into the bottom right corner, but Wardun kept his effort out to seal all three points.
The other match saw Balestier Khalsa FC play out to a 1-1 draw against Warriors FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
DPMM FC will next host Tampines Rovers FC next Saturday in the second of six straight home matches.

The Brunei Times

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