Singapore Premier League • June 11, 2018

Super Adi Said spearheads DPMM rout of Geylang


The 27-year-old weighed in with two goals and two assists to lead a 6-2 thumping

Brunei DPMM FC’s Adi Said was too hot to handle for Geylang International FC.

SINGAPORE, 10 JUNE 2018 – Brunei DPMM FC bounced back from last week’s 5-0 mauling by Albirex Niigata FC (S) with an emphatic 6-2 thrashing of Geylang International FC at Bedok Stadium on Sunday night.

A goal apiece from Volodymyr Priyomov, Adi Said, Mojtaba Mollasaraei, Azwan Saleh and Helmi Zambin put DPMM into a comfortable 5-0 lead by 67 minutes, though they suffered a scare when the hosts then pulled two back.

Fairoz Hasan and Shawal Anuar gave the Eagles hope, but the visitors would guarantee victory late on through Adi’s second goal of the night.

The result meant the Wasps claimed their first win in four Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) matches, while it was only Geylang’s second loss in their last six outings.

DPMM shot out of the blocks and broke the deadlock after just six minutes.

Off a through pass from Adi, Priyomov held off Jufri Taha just inside the box before beating Geylang goalkeeper Zainol Gulam with a crisp low shot into the bottom left corner.

That was the 32-year-old’s eighth goal of the campaign as he ended a three-game barren run.

The visitors almost scored again three minutes later, with Azwan Saleh’s 30-yarder being tipped onto the post by Zainol.

Geylang gradually settled in and were unlucky not to net in the 13th minute. A superb Fairoz flick sent Shawal racing through on goal, but the latter’s left-footed volley crashed off the left-hand post.

Incredibly, the woodwork was rocked for a third time four minutes later. Priyomov found space to drive in a shot from a tight angle, but he was denied a second goal by the right-hand post.

Geylang created a flurry of chances for the rest of the first half, but were unable to put them away.

The best one came on 40 minutes when Shawal expertly evaded Brian McLean after taking down Fumiya Kogure’s long ball, but shockingly fired over with just DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof to beat.

Zainol then made three saves to keep DPMM at bay, but were unable to stop Rene Weber’s men from doubling their lead on the stroke of half time.

The 26-year-old managed to claw away Hendra Azam’s corner, but Adi was on hand to convert the rebound into a gaping goal.

Things turned from bad to worse for the Eagles as they conceded a third just two minutes into the second half.

Adi whipped in a superb cross from the right for Mollasaraei, who marked his return from a three-game absence due to injury by heading in at the back post.

A fourth soon followed on 59 minutes. A corner was half-cleared into the path of Azwan, who thumped home a superb first-time volley from the edge of the box that Zainol could only watch fly into the top right corner.

It looked like the game was all over when the Wasps made it 5-0 on 67 minutes, where Helmi was Johnny on the spot to tap home his first goal since April 2013 after Zainol had parried Mollasaraei’s close-range shot into his path.

However, Geylang refused to lie down and hit DPMM with two quick-fire goals to set up a thrilling finale for the home fans.

On 70 minutes, substitute Ryson Yap dug out a superb cross from the left for Fairoz to nod a neat header beyond Wardun.

Yap repeated the trick three minutes later with a left-footed cross that Kogure flicked on to the far post, where Shawal could not miss from a yard out.

However, there was no miracle comeback for the Eagles as DPMM scored a sixth on 85 minutes to seal the three points.

Adi took down a left-wing cross and evaded two markers before thumping home a superb finish beyond the stranded Zainol to round off the night’s scoring.

Geylang Head Coach Hirotaka Usui: “I don’t want to criticise the referee today, but he made mistakes many times. We (should) have (had a) minimum (of) two penalties, but I don’t want to throw the responsibility.

“My team’s performance was not so good, especially in the opening minutes of each half. There were some individual mistakes and I feel that my players were over-confident. They must be humble. I must create a serious atmosphere in training, just like (how it is) during games.

“Today, we have many chances but cannot score. The easiest way (to solve this) is to sign (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. But I trust my players and we have to regroup for the next game.”

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber: “I was expecting (us) to do a good game today (after not winning the last three games). Against Young Lions, we did well in the second half to draw (1-1). Against Home (United FC), we lost (1-3) to a good team and our performance was not so good. Against Albirex, they were just a team which is a level higher with 25 foreigners.

“I’m happy that we returned to how we played (earlier in the season), playing the ball and changing sides. Mojtaba came back and helped the team a lot, but I don’t like to talk about one player; the whole team played well. Wardun played fine and he wasn’t guilty for the two goals; he’s a good professional who supports the team (even when he’s not playing) and helps 20-year-old (first-choice goalkeeper) Haimie (Nyaring).

“My target is still top four. I’m just here for five months. If I’m here longer, maybe I can target higher.”

Geylang: Zainol Gulam (GK), Darren Teh, Jufri Taha, Danish Irfan (Ryson Yap 55’), Ryan Syaffiq (Ahmad Zaki 75’), Yuki Ichikawa (C), Fuad Ramli (Azhar Sairudin 55’), Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, Fumiya Kogure, Shawal Anuar, Fairoz Hasan.
Unused subs: Basil Chan (GK), Yeo Hai Ngee, Sadiq Rahim, Cameron Bell.

DPMM: Wardun Yussof (GK), Helmi Zambin, Abdul Aziz Tamit, Brian McLean, Suhaimi Sulau, Azwan Saleh (C), Hendra Azam (Yura Indera Putera 63’), Azwan Ali Rahman (Abdul Azizi Rahman 84’), Adi Said, Volodymyr Priyomov, Mojtaba Mollasaraei.
Unused subs: Ishrya Asmin (GK), Reduan Petara, Najib Tarif, Nurikhwan Othman, Hanif Hamir .

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