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Simunic loses 100th S-League game
Thursday, October 24, 2013

There was no celebration for Vjeran Simunic in his 100th game for DPMM FC in Singapore.

The head coach watched his side slump to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Warriors FC in the Singapore-League (S-League) last night at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore.

The loss ends a three-game winning streak for Brunei's only professional team and it drops them to eighth spot with 33 points.

The Warriors leapfrogged them back to the top of the second tier on 34 points with two matches remaining in the season.

DPMM FC had the better start and took the lead after an own goal by Abdul Qaiyyim Abdul Mutalib in the eighth minute.

The lead was short lived as Mirosalv Karoglan equalised in the 16th minute for the Warriors after firing from inside the box.

The hosts took the lead in the 29th minute with Karoglan once again involved.

He got on the end of a freekick and his cut back from the left was met by Mohamad Hafsyar Farkhan Hashim who sent the ball to the back of the net.

DPMM FC almost got back on equal footing just after the break with Shahrazen Said getting a shot off from inside the box.

However, Hassan Sunny did well to gather the shot to ensure the Warriors remain in front.

The Warriors made it a two-goal cushion in the 72nd minute after Shukor Zailan scored from a freekick just outside the box.

The Brunei side were pushing forward and it only paid off in the final minute.

Hassan had saved an Adi Said shot but Shahrazen pounced on the rebound as a consolation goal.

DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Kamis felt that they let it slip away after a good start.

"We played good in the start but after we scored, we just allowed them to play. We can only blame ourselves after that," said Rosmin.

"It is disappointing. We were the better team and we're unlucky not to take any points out of the game," he added.

Shahrazen thought the game was evenly matched and was disappointed to not have at least taken a point.

"The game was the same for both sides but the Warriors were lucky," said Shahrazen.

"We had good fighting spirit but there were some misunderstanding in the defence that allowed our opponents to win," he added.

Shahrazen and defender Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir are both set to miss the next match against Harimau Muda on Oct 31 after picking up yellow cards.

In the other game, Albirex Niigata are back to second in the table after beating Woodlands Wellington 3-1 at the Jurong East Stadium.

Courtesy from Brunei Times