News • March 12, 2016

Protectors Hit Rock Bottom After Defeat To Wasps

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Written by: Dwayne James

A wasteful Home United dropped down to the bottom of the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2016 table after falling 2-1 to defending champions Brunei DPMM on Friday night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

Ambroise Begue had given the Protectors the lead before Rafael Ramazotti equalised from the spot 10 minutes before the interval. Azwan Ali Rahman then scored the winner to help the Brunei side bag maximum points.

The defeat to the Wasps means that Home have yet to win a game this season while their opponents rose up to second place in the table, level on points with leaders Albirex Niigata (S).

Home got their first shot on target courtesy of Azhar Sairudin in the ninth minute, but his attempt went straight to DPMM shotstopper Wardun Yussof.

The Protectors dominated ball possession and were working the ball up the pitch. In contrast, DPMM were having difficulty piecing their passes together.

Home finally broke the deadlock in the 19th minute after Azhar had his goal-bound shot blocked by Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos and Begue fire home the rebound from close-range.

The visitors almost doubled their lead four minutes later, but Wardun kept out Khairul Nizam’s shot, which was heading into the bottom corner.

Ken Ilso was making dangerous runs down the left all night and one such run saw the Dane picking out Aqhari Abdullah inside the six-yard box in the 26th minute, but the latter saw his shot deflected over the woodwork.

Wardun ensured that the deficit stayed at one when he produced a double save to deny Ilso in the 28th and 31st minutes.

DPMM were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute after Sirina Camara brought down Brian McLean while defending a set-piece.

Ramazotti then made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, firing his shot past Home United goalkeeper Zulfairuz Rudy – which was also the custodian’s first action of the opening half.

Home could have regained the lead just two minutes into the second-half, but Azhar made a mess of a Juma’at Jantan cross from the right.

Khairul Nizam let another opportunity slip in the 55th minute after he failed to test Wardun with a weak shot inside the box, before the veteran goalkeeper caught Juma’at’s hopeful punt from 40 yards out four minutes later.

DPMM coach Steve Kean made a double change in the 62nd minute by sending on the duo of Shahrazen Said and Md Najib Hj Tarif to replace Maududi Hilmi Kasmi and Sairol Hj Sahari respectively.

The substitutions proved to be the game changer and DPMM went ahead for the first time in the game in the 72nd minute after Azwan headed a Paulo Sergio cross past Zulfairuz and into the back of the net.

Home almost pulled level immediately, but substitute Irfan Fandi’s shot was deflected over the next minute, before coming close again in the 78th minute.

The visitors came close again to getting a point out of the match one minute from time, but Wardun kept out Ilso’s freekick from 25-yards out that looked destined for the bottom corner.

Brunei DPMM coach Steve Kean: “Every chance they got was from us giving them the ball. They counter attack very quickly and they got lots of pace. Every chance they had were our own doing as we were making mistakes.

“We certainly minimized the mistakes in the second half. All the subs that came on had a really big impact. If we are going to defend the championship, it is not only about the team but the whole squad. Everyone had a great impact in the game.”

Home United coach Philippe Aw: “We were all over them in the first-half and we had so many chances. Even if we took a 1-0 lead into half-time and not conceding the silly penalty, it would have made things a lot easier for us.

“We created chances, we don’t finish, commit silly things and get punished. The team needs to know this and they need to know quicker Four games on, we are doing the same problems. We need to learn and be smarter.”

Brunei DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Sairol Sahari (Md Najib Hj Tarif 62’), Brian McLean (Abdul Aziz Tamit 45’), Azwan Salleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Paulo Sergio, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi (Shahrazen Said 62’), Rosmin Kamis (C), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Yura Indera Putera

Home United: Zulfairuz Rudy (GK), Juma’at Jantan (C), Abdil Qaiyyim, Aqhari Abdullah, Azhar Sairudin (Sufianto Salleh 68’), Ken Ilso, Sirina Camara, Shahrin Saberin (Shamil Sharif 79’), Khairul Nizam (Irfan Fandi 60’), Zulfahmi Arifin, Ambroise Begue