Singapore Premier League • May 13, 2019
Singapore Premier League Week 11: Roundup
SINGAPORE, 13 MAY 2019 – The Brunei DPMM machine just keeps chugging along as a third consecutive win saw them stay unbeaten after 10 games. A return to winning ways for Hougang United meant they closed the gap on DPMM, while Warriors FC clinched that elusive first win of the season. We recap the weekend’s action below…
Young Lions 0-2 Warriors | Jalan Besar | 11 May
Gabriel Quak 46′, Jonathan Behe 82′
A sparkling performance from star man Jonathan Behe helped Warriors finally win a game this season. Fandi Ahmad’s boys were on top in the first half but failed to threaten the Warriors goal and the tide was completely turned after the break. After twisting and turning past his marker in the box, Behe’s cut-back to Gabriel Quak was smartly volleyed in from 15 yards by the Warriors captain. The Frenchman delivered the killer blow late on, slaloming 40 yards from left to right into the box before crashing his finish high into the roof of the net.
– Warriors won for the first time in 12 league games.
– Warriors earned their first clean sheet in 18 games.
– Behe scored his third goal of the season and made his third assist.
Young Lions XI: Kenji Rusydi (GK), Jacob Mahler, Asraf Zahid, Zulqarnaen Suzliman, Haiqal Pashia, Syahrul Sazali, Syukri Bashir (Rezza Rezky 73’), Naqiuddin Eunos (Saifullah Akbar 46’), Lionel Tan (C)(Qayyum Raishyan 84’), Syed Firdaus Hassan, Syed Akmal Aziz.
Unused subs: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Danial Syafiq, Prakash Raj.
Warriors XI: Fashah Iskandar (GK), Ryhan Stewart, Delwinder Singh, Emmeric Ong, Daniel Shafiq (Yeo Hai Ngee 85’), Poh Yi Feng, Faizal Raffi (Ammirul Emmran 77’), Gabriel Quak (C), Sahil Suhaimi, Khairul Nizam (Ignatius Ang 52’), Jonathan Behe.
Unused subs: Riki Kimura (GK), Ifat Sha’aban, Fairoz Hasan, Tajeli Salamat.
Geylang 1-3 DPMM | Our Tampines Hub | 11 May
Amy Recha 80′ | Blake Ricciuto 13′, Andrei Varankou 17′, 36′
A three-goal blitz within the first 40 minutes was enough to see DPMM win three on the trot and it was their star duo, powered by midfielder Hendra Azam, who delivered the goods again. Blake Ricciuto showed great reactions to sweep in Hendra’s cross after it fell to him in the box and league top scorer Andrei Varankou doubled the lead just four minutes later with a clinical finish. The Belarussian’s strike partner, Abdul Azizi Rahman, then set him up for another ruthless finish and despite Amy Recha’s screamer late on, there was no stopping the league leaders.
– Geylang have lost four consecutive games.
– Geylang are the only team yet to score a first-half goal this season; DPMM are yet to concede a first-half goal.
– Amy’s strike is Geylang’s first from outside the box this season; he has now scored three league goals, one more than last season’s tally.
– DPMM are now on a club-record unbeaten run of 17 league games, including a record 10-game unbeaten away streak.
– Varankou has now scored 14 goals in 10 games.
– Hendra has notched two assists in a game for the second match running.
– Azizi Rahman’s sending-off meant DPMM had a red card in a second consecutive match.
Geylang XI: Zainol Gulam (GK), Anders Aplin, Yuki Ichikawa (C), Danish Irfan, Jufri Taha, Christopher van Huizen (Fikri Junaidi 61’), Umar Akhbar, Amy Recha, Azri Suhaili, Fareez Farhan (Shawal Anuar 46’), Firdaus Kasman.
Unused subs: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Harith Kanadi, Ilhan Noor, Ifwat Ismail, Syafiq Asaraf.
DPMM XI: Wardun Yussof (GK)(C), Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Charlie Clough, Yura Indera Putera, Nurikhwan Othman (Hazwan Hamzah 73’), Azwan Salleh (Razimee Ramlli 82’), Andrei Varankou, Abdul Azizi Rahman, Blake Ricciuto, Abdul Azizi Rahman, Hendra Azam (Shah Razen Said 63’).
Unused subs: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Awangku Fakharrazi, Najib Tarif, Hanif Hamir.
Hougang 1-0 Balestier | Jalan Besar | 12 May
M. Anumanthan 84’
Clement Teo must have been a relieved man at the full-time whistle after his charges edged a tight contest despite ending the match with 10 men. Amir Zalani spurned a good chance before Faris Ramli blazed a penalty over, while the Tigers saw Šime Žužul denied by a last-ditch block and Hazzuwan Halim somehow fail to turn in the ball from inches out. Muhaimin Suhaimi’s second yellow card on 81 minutes handed Balestier a numerical advantage but it did not matter as M. Anumanthan beat a man and then cracked a 30-yard effort that looked to take a slight deflection before ending up in the top right corner.
– Hougang won for the first time in three games.
– Hougang have 10 different scorers, the most in the league.
– Hougang have now won their last five home games.
– Anumanthan’s strike was Hougang’s first from outside the box this season.
– Hougang are the only side not to drop points from a draw position at half-time (three games).
– Balestier suffered a second consecutive 1-0 defeat.