Singapore Premier League • May 2, 2018

Warriors’ win-less misery continues as DPMM stage two-goal comeback


Volodymyr Priyomov netted a brace to lead the scoring charts and make it six games without victory for the hosts

Captain Kento Fukuda scored an early opener for Warriors FC.

SINGAPORE, 2 MAY 2018 – Warriors FC only have themselves to blame after failing to win yet again in the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) on Wednesday night.

Kento Fukuda and Sahil Suhaimi scored inside the opening eight minutes to give Warriors a two-goal cushion, but the Volodymyr Priyomov hit back with a goal in each half to earn Brunei DPMM FC a 2-2 draw.

The result was also Warriors’ fourth draw in six games and they stayed rooted in seventh spot, while DPMM moved to fourth in the table.

Warriors opened the scoring on seven minutes after Jonathan Behe’s free-kick was diverted onto the post by Sahil, with Fukuda getting to the rebound first to score.

Sahil turned scorer a minute later after being released by a delightful through-pass from Poh Yi Feng, cutting inside his marker from the right and then lashing a precise finish into the bottom left corner.

A silly foul from Tajeli Salamat – deputising for the suspended Emmeric Ong at right-back – gave DPMM a way back into the match on 36 minutes.

As the ball was bouncing away from the box, the 24-year-old needlessly tugged Mojtaba Mollasaraei back to leave referee Muhammad Taqi with no choice but to point to the spot. The ensuing penalty was coolly converted by Priyomov.

DPMM nearly found the equaliser two minutes before the break after an Adi Said cross found Mollasaraei, but the Iranian rifled his shot over from eight yards.

The visitors started the second half on the attack, with Brian McLean drawing a fine save from Fashah Iskandar with a free-kick while Azwan Ali fired over a good chance.

Warriors were then dealt a blow on 55 minutes after Fukuda pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by Hafiz Sulaiman.

The visitors’ pressure finally paid off on 67 minutes when the Warriors failed to deal with a long ball and allowed Priyomov to bag his second of the night with a header into the bottom corner.

But the Ukranian spurned an easy chance for a hat-trick – and a chance to take the lead – after heading wide from Azwan Ali’s cross from inside the six-yard box.

At the other end, DPMM were let off with Shamil Sharif’s free-kick coming off the crossbar, while Delwinder Singh headed just over from a corner.

The visitors started to tire towards the end but the Warriors just could not get another break through, with both sides having to settle for a point each.

Warriors Head Coach Marko Grabovac: “My players must learn. Most of the game, we were the better team… the only problem is (the lack of a) winning mentality. You can see how many mistakes we made in defence. Now we are starting to create chances (with Behe back), but I still cannot believe how many mistakes we can make and how easily the opponents can score.”

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber: “We started bad(ly) again and only started to play after 20 minutes. I’m happy about how we played in the second half, but I’m not happy with the result; we could have won the game. I reminded my players that there is no easy game in this league. I hope we can play the way we did in the second half for the entire game in future.”

Warriors: Fashah Iskandar (GK), Tajeli Salamat, Delwinder Singh, Kento Fukuda (Hafiz Sulaiman 55′), Daniel Shafiq, Ammirul Emmran (Firdaus Kasman 72′), Ho Wai Loon, Poh Yi Feng, Suria Prakash, Sahil Suhaimi (Shamil Sharif 69′), Jonathan Behe.
Unused subs: Mukundan Maran, Fadhil Noh, Fazli Shafie, Nur Luqman.

DPMM: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Brian McLean, Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 90′), Volodymyr Pryiomov, Mojtaba Mollasaraei (Shah Razen Said 79′), Suhaimi Sulau, Helmi Zembin, Adi Said, Abdul Aziz Tamit.
Unused subs: Wardun Yussof, Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Reduan Petara, Shafie Efenddy, Hanif Hamir.

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