News • September 27, 2016

Wasps Triumph Over Young Lions In Eight-Goal Bonanza


Written by: Dwayne James

Brunei DPMM FC fended off a ferocious second half comeback by the Garena Young Lions to triumph 5-3 in their Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League encounter last night.

The game looked over by the half hour mark with Brunei DPMM FC opening up a four-goal lead.

However, the Young Lions came back strongly after the interval with three goals in 15 minutes to set up a nail-biting finish before Rafael Ramazotti converted a penalty in stoppage time for a hat-trick at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The hosts came out with all guns blazing and built a three-goal cushion inside the opening 10 minutes.

Brian McLean headed home Azwan Salleh’s freekick for the opener in the fourth minute before Ramazotti added a quick double nodding two past Young Lions goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar.

Brunei DPMM FC were four up by the half hour mark after Maududi Kasmi converted from close range off a ball from the right by Shahrazen Said.


The Young Lions tried to hit the hosts on the counter attack and had one good chance in the 37th minute with substitute Syafeeq Faruq going for the lob from the edge of the box but Brunei DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof tipped it over.

The Young Lions pulled one back immediately at the start of the second half with Hami Syahin threading the Brunei DPMM FC backline with a good through ball to allow Shafeeq to slot it home.

The visitors switched to playing three upfront and were pressing high up the pitch to dispossess their opponents.

They grabbed another with Khairul Amri volleying home a cross from the right in the 53rd minute.
The Young Lions skipper netted another after firing past Wardun from inside the box on the hour mark.

They dominated proceedings and should have levelled in the 78th minute with Shafeeq putting the ball across goal from the right but two of his teammates failed to get a vital touch to score.


They came close again four minutes later, but Justin Hui fired just wide from inside the box.

Brunei DPMM FC regained control of the match in the last five minutes but couldn’t convert their chances.

It was only in stoppage time when Ramazotti was tripped by Christopher Van Huizen inside the box conceding a penalty.

The Brazilian forward pulled himself up to send Brunei DPMM FC to their fourth straight victory in the competition.

Brunei DPMM FC coach Steve Kean: “They (Young Lions) got nothing to lose. They were not going to let us dictate like what we did in the first 30 minutes.

“Their coach said to them to press higher up and when they did we had difficulty releasing passes with quality. As a result of that there were a lot of transitions of possession and then we found ourselves in a sticky situation.”

Garena Young Lions coach Patrick Hesse: “We only started to play in the second-half. The first-half DPMM FC were better but I thought we made it very interesting in the second-half. We had good opportunities and there was a possibility for a draw. But it is good for the young players.

“They need to use this second half to continue to progress. They showed they can play good football and for me that is very important. They showed very good things in the second half.”

Brunei DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof (GK), Mu’iz Sisa (Najib Tarif 79’), Brian McLean, Azwan Salleh, Hendra Azam (Nur Ikhwan Othman 67’), Maududi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Aminuddin Zakwan, Rafael Ramazotti, Shahrazen Said (Helmi Zambin 55’), Yura Indera Putera

Garena Young Lions: Fashah Iskandar (GK), Joshua Pereira, Fareez Farhan (Shafeeq Faruk 34’), Tajeli Salamat, Jonathan Tan (Christopher Van Huizen 79’), Irfan Asyraf, Hami Syahin (Justin Hui 76’), Khairul Amri (C), Ryan Syaffiq, Faizal Roslan, Rusyaidi Salime