Singapore Premier League • March 1, 2014
Tosi Stars Against Warriors as DPMM Move to Summit
Written by: Zack Rahim
Rodrigo Tosi scored one goal and set up the other as DPMM FC moved to the top of the Great Eastern-Yeo’s S-League table with a 2-0 win over Warriors FC on Friday night.
The Brazilian forward put the hosts in front at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, with a shot from outside the box just after the restart and created the second for captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis in the 90th minute.
Tosi also scored DPMM’s only goal in the 1-0 victory over Albirex Niigata (S) FC in their opener last week, and the only foreign import retained from last season is already going a long way in repaying the club’s trust in him.
The visitors had several chances to test DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof, the first coming in the 22nd minute when Nicolas Velez forced him into a point-blank save after a cross from Miroslav Pejic.
Wardun’s counterpart Hassan Sunny had to be quick to tip over a 39th minute free-kick from Rosmin in DPMM’’s best chance of the half.
Velez, Pejic and Hafiz Rahim were a threat for the Warriors with their interchanging runs while DPMM relied on Azwan Ali Rahman’s through balls to Roy O’ Donovan for their chances.
Eight-time champions Warriors started the second half full of energy and pressed DPMM well, but the hosts’ first attack led to the goal that would change the game.
Subhi Abdillah’s pass to Joe Gamble opened space on the right flank in the 49th minute, and though the Irishman’s shot was blocked, Tosi hit a shot that dipped in over Hassan.
O’ Donovan had a goal that was disallowed for offside and a penalty claim that referee Jansen Foo waved off despite DPMM’s marquee signing being pulled to the ground by Shi Jiayi.
Hassan made a double save to keep out Azwan and O’Donovan before Hafiz, while substitute Zulfadhli Emran saw his attempts sail over the bar.
Velez flashed a pass across the face of the goal soon after while O’Donovan was kept frustrated by the Warriors’ offside trap.
But a moment of magic from Tosi sealed the three points late on.
Tosi lifted the ball into the path of Rosmin and after a one-two the skipper saw his first shot hit the post, but Rosmin composed himself to strike the rebound home and kill off the Warriors’ hopes of securing a result.