Singapore Premier League • March 15, 2014

DPMM Topple Protectors to Maintain Perfect Start


Written by: Phoon Jia Hui

Brunei DPMM preserved their 100% record in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League as they overcame Home United in a 3-0 victory at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night.

Roy O’Donovan put DPMM in front after 25 minutes before Rodrigo Tosi extended the lead for the visitors in the 36th minute. O’Donovan sealed all three points for the Wasps as he grabbed his second of the night midway through the second-half.

Taking advantage of a static Home defence, O’Donovan headed the opener past Home custodian Shahril Jantan before Tosi drilled a low finish which went in off the post from the edge of the area.

O’Donovan then rounded off the victory shortly after the hour mark with an emphatic header off Tosi’s cross as they made it three wins out of three and moved to the top of the league temporarily.

DPMM proved too strong for the Protectors as they dominated most parts of the game and were unlucky not to have won by a bigger margin. An injury-hit Home on the other hand, looked lacklustre and lacked the creativity when going forward as they found it hard to unlock a resolute DPMM defence marshalled by Boris Raspudic and Shahrulrizal Abd Rahman.

It was Home however who threatened first in the 15th minute when Syahiran Miswan chested a chipped pass from Fazli Ayob before firing a shot into the side-netting.

It was end-to-end stuff thereafter as O’Donovan headed over unmarked before teammate Azwan Ali tested Shahril with a shot from a tight angle but the goalkeeper managed to keep out the effort .

Lee Kwan Woo had a golden opportunity to pull level for his side right after conceding but he could only drag his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Fazli then came close five minutes before the interval with a lob over Wardun Yussof but Sairol Sahari came to his keeper’s rescue, heading the ball off the line.

The second-half saw a reshuffle at the back for Home although that did not prevent DPMM from continuing where they left off as O’Donovan made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute to condemn the Protectors to their second defeat this season.