Singapore Premier League • April 14, 2018

Adam nets first goal as Albirex cruise past DPMM

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The number 10 became the first ever Singaporean to score for the White Swans in their 2-0 win

Adam Swandi broke the deadlock within a minute from kick-off.

SINGAPORE, 14 APRIL 2018 – – Albirex Niigata FC (S) made it 28 straight wins at Jurong East Stadium after a 2-0 victory over Brunei DPMM FC on Saturday evening as they stayed top of the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) standings.

In a match that was delayed for 30 minutes due to inclement weather, first-half strikes from Adam Swandi and Wataru Murofushi were enough for the reigning champions to record a third win in as many games.

In the absence of the injured Brian McLean, the DPMM defence was torn apart as Adam capitalised on a poor clearance to net his first Albirex goal after merely 40 seconds on the clock.

It was a landmark strike for the 22-year-old, who became the first ever Singaporean to score a league goal for the White Swans.

Murofushi then extended Albirex’s lead in the fourth minute. After his run into the 18-yard box was unchecked, the Albirex Captain calmly slotted the ball past DPMM custodian Haimie Nyaring to leave the Bruneian fans shell-shocked.

Murofushi nearly doubled his tally on 11 minutes following a quick one-two with Adam, but he failed to divert the latter’s cutback towards goal from close range.

The visitors then got an opportunity of their own at the other end three minutes later with Volodymyr Priyomov hitting a shot straight at Albirex goalkeeper Yosuke Nozawa.

DPMM came out of the interval with all guns blazing, but were unable to breach the Albirex backline led by Shun Kumaga and Kaishu Yamazaki.

Instead, it was Albirex who could have gone further ahead with Adam, Murofushi and Shuhei Hoshino all shooting off target.

The Wasps piled on the pressure in the closing stages and were unlucky not to pull one back. Azwan Ali Rahman’s effort was deflected out for a corner in the 71st minute, before Adi Said saw his half-volley come off the body of teammate Priyomov moments later.

Albirex hung on to claim maximum points in their opening home match, while Rene Weber’s side slumped to their first defeat of the season.

Albirex next face Home United FC at Bishan Stadium on April 18 while DPMM host Geylang International FC a day earlier at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

What they said
Albirex Head Coach Kazuaki Yoshinaga: “Although we scored two quick goals today, I was not happy with the flow of the game in the first half. I told my players they didn’t have a good game and I want them to improve and we will work on that on the training ground.

“Finishing is not the only thing I want them to work on. My players are very young and I need them to show more situational awareness and they need to improve on more aspects of the game. I want the players to not be satisfied with just the win or three points, but to look at their individual performances and how they can improve.”

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber: “Any team around the world would find it difficult to organise themselves after letting in two early goals, but we managed to do that after the first 15 minutes. I’m not happy about the result, but am encouraged with the second-half display.

“There are no excuses for losing but I hope we can continue improving with more games under our belt. I was happy with the contribution of the two foreign strikers and I didn’t want to risk McLean today because I could miss him for a longer period of time.”

Albirex: Yosuke Nozawa (GK), Riku Moriyasu (Kazuki Sumiishi 90’), Shun Kumagai, Kaishu Yamazaki, Kenya Takahashi, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Daiki Asaoka, Wataru Murofushi (C), Adam Swandi, Taku Morinaga (Ryujiro Yamanaka 83’), Shuhei Hosino (Shuhei Sasahara 90’).
Unused subs: Shahul Rayyan (GK), Taiki Itsukaichi (GK), Kodai Sumikawa, Ibuki Inoue.

DPMM: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Helmi Zambin, Reduan Petara, Abdul Aziz Tamit, Suhaimi Sulau, Hendra Azam, Azwan Saleh (C), Azwan Ali Rahman, Adi Said (Shah Razen Said 84’), Volodymyr Priyomov, Mojtaba Mollasaraei.
Unused subs: Wardun Yussof (GK), Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Najib Tarif, Shafie Efenddy, Nurikhwan Othman, Hanif Hamir.

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