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DPMM FC still have a chance to salvage their dismal season.
There is still a glimmer of hope for Brunei's only professional team as they have one last shot of silverware as they take on Woodlands Wellington in the semi-finals of the Singapore League Cup today.
Runners-up of the Singapore League (S-League) last season, expectations were high but they won't even finish in the top half of the 12-team table this season and this is their only hope left.
It is the biggest match of the season for the defending champions and it will be a tough outing for them at the Woodlands Stadium in Singapore.
The winner of the encounter will face Balestier Khalsa in the final after a lone goal by Park Kang Jin in the 17th minute was enough to seal victory at the Jurong East Stadium last night.
Woodlands thumped DPMM FC 5-2 in their last meeting despite the latter netting the first two goals at the Jalan Besar Stadium in May.
The Bruneian side have been in a rut almost whole season are coming off a 3-1 loss against Warriors FC in their last Singapore League (S-League) game.
On the other hand, Woodlands were impressive as they came from behind thrice to draw 3-3 against leaders Tampines Rovers.
Rosmin Hj Kamis, the captain of DPMM FC, knows that there is only one outcome needed from the game and that is victory.
"The boys are ready for the match since it is the only chance for us to win a cup this year. We have nothing but to win the game," said Rosmin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
"We have trained hard the past week so we pray that it will pay off on the field," he added.
"I won't say that we are confident but we will fight hard to reach the final," continued the captain.
Striker Shahrazen Said is focused on the game and is not thinking about anything else.
"The only thing I can say for tomorrow (Tuesday) is that we have to play normally and wait until the final whistle," said Shahrazen.
"We have to avoid making any mistakes against them," he added.
DPMM FC have been struggling in front of goal and will be missing the services of topscorer, Portuguese striker Joao Moreira, who is out with a right arm injury.
Brazilian centreback Tales Ricarte dos Santos has been impressive and found the back of the net in their last four matches with Shahrazen and Arturas Rimkevicius struggling to hit the target.
Woodlands will be banking on their Korean duo of Chang Jo-yoon and Moon Soon-ho to spearhead them on the attacking front.
They have 10 goals each to their name in the League and are aided by Theerawekin Seehawong and Atsushi Shimono at midfield.
The game kicks off at 7.30pm.