News • February 28, 2016
DPMM Seals First Win In 2016 S.League Campaign
Defending Great Eastern Yeo S.League champions Brunei DPMM bagged their first win in three games after dispatching Warriors FC 3-1 in their Great Eastern-Yeo’s S.League match on Saturday night.
All the goals came in the first half for the hosts with Brian McLean, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi and Azwan Salleh finding the back of the net.
It was a dream start for DPMM as they broke the deadlock in the sixth minute.
Azwan Ali Rahman sent in a corner which was not dealt with completely by Warriors shotstopper Yazid Yasin allowing McLean to poke home from close range.
The Warriors eventually got the ball in the net in the 13th minute with Syaqir Sulaiman heading home only to be flagged for offside.
Brunei DPMM FC could have doubled their lead in the 17th minute but Azwan Ali’s freekick from 40 yards out bounced inches wide off the post.
Fazli Jaffar was on target for the Warriors in the 22nd minute but DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof produced a save.
DPMM doubled their lead five minutes later with Paulo Sergio sending Maududi through to fire past Yazid. It didn’t take long for the hosts to add another to their tally with Azwan Salleh scoring a screamer from over 20 yards out.
Despite it being mostly the Brunei side, the Warriors did have their chances especially in the 37th minute. Kento Fukuda had his header deflected just wide and Jonathan Behe should have put his free header at the far post from the ensuing corner on target.
Azwan Ali had a similar effort to Azwan Salleh in the 39th minute but his shot was denied by the woodwork.
Warriors came out looking a different side after the interval and they needed only two minutes to get one back. Behe worked his way from the left and into the box to shoot off Wardun from close range to make it 3-1.
The French forward got another chance from the same position in the 58th minute but could only fire at the side netting.
Behe got another chance in the 75th minute, this time from the right side, but put his attempt off target.
DPMM almost killed the game off completely with Sergio setting up Azwan Ali down the middle but Yazid did well to close down the shot.
Instead Warriors piled on the pressure with Behe getting two attempts on goal in the 80th and 82nd minutes only for Wardun to pull off a double save.
Wardun came to the rescue of Brunei DPMM FC in the 90th minute having to tip over a 25-yard freekick by substitute Shaiful Esah. The Warriors were awarded a penalty off the ensuing corner with Azwan Salleh judged to have handled the ball inside the box.
It fell on the shoulders of Behe to convert the spotkick but Wardun pulled off a magnificent save to ensure no further drama in injury time.
Brunei DPMM FC coach Steve Kean: “It is a dangerous scoreline going in (to the second half) at 3-0 up. The opposition got nothing to lose. They came out with a more attacking formation in the second half and scored very early that make you a little bit nervous. I felt we dealt with the second half well.”
Warriors coach Jorg Steinebrunner: “The boys really played their hearts out. After the first goal went in one or two minutes (into the second half), it was perfect. Then we created more chances. If we had been more clinical, it would have been even more exciting. It is definitely a performance we can build on.”
Brunei DPMM: Sairol Sahari, Brian McLean, Azwan Salleh, Azwan Ali Rahman, Paulo Sergio, Maududi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Helmi Zambin, Rafael Ramazotti, Yura Indera Putera, Wardun Yussof (GK)