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DPMM FC crush Young Lions in style
Monday, April 7, 2014

DPMM FC's Rodrigo Tosi (2nd L) challenges for the ball against Young Lion's goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari (C) during their S-League match yesterday. DPMM FC won 6-1.BT/ Yee Chun Leong

DPMM FC are back to winning ways in the Singapore League (S-League).

Brunei's only professional team shrugged off a slow start to demolish the Young Lions (the Singapore Under-23 squad) 6-1 in the Singapore League (S-League) last night.

The biggest winning margin in the league so far propels them back into second spot with 13 points from six games tied with Warriors FC but better on goal difference.

Both forwards - Roy O'Donovan and Rodrigo Tosi - got on the scoresheet twice in the lopsided victory at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

DPMM FC didn't look like themselves in the opening exchanges and the visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute after Sherif El-Masri's deflected shot went past Wardun Yussof.

Azwan Ali Rahman had an opportunity to tie things up but his shot was cleared off the line in the 30th minute.

The ensuing corner was punched out by the Young Lions keeper Syazwan Buhari only to have it land at the feet of an unmarked O'Donovan who fired in the equaliser.

The Irishman found the back of the net again the next minute but this time was whistled for offside.

Tosi put the home team in front just before the break after heading home a long ball from captain Rosmin Hj Md Kamis in the 40th minute.

DPMM FC came out aggresively after the break with Tosi getting back-to-back chances.

He fired just wide in the opening minute after the restart and then headed a Rosmin cross just over the bar the next possession.

It was in the 56th minute when Croatian midfielder Roberto Alviz rifled home his shot from inside the box to make it 3-1.

Tosi notched his second of the match six minutes later after he rounded his defender to put the ball past Syazwan.

The Young Lions got a chance three minutes later but Muhaymin Salim saw his shot parried by Wardun off for a corner.

Tosi should have bagged a hat-trick in the 68th minute but could only shoot over the bar.

The Brazilian was given another opportunity in the 74th minute, just before getting substituted by Shahrazen Said, but the Young Lions custodian put up another superb save to deny him.

O'Donovan added to the scoreline in the 87th minute after heading home a cross from Shahrazen.

The DPMM FC marquee signing should have notched his hat trick in the 90th minute but saw his efforts saved by Syazwan.

Azwan Ali Rahman got his name on the scoresheet in injury time to complete the rout.

DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean was delighted with the win despite squandering multiple chances on adding to the scoreline.

"I'm satisfied with the three points but we could have scored more and get a couple of hat tricks. We created a lot of chances and we will have to improve on our finishing," said Kean after the triumph.

"The good thing is the goal difference because it can be worth a point later on in the season," he added.

Asked about the chances that Tosi was getting in front of goal, Kean replied: "In defence of Rodrigo, he was not 100 per cent fit. We took a chance to play him despite having a tight calf."

Young Lions head coach Aide Iskandar felt they were simply outplayed by their opponents.

"We were up against a quality team and we need to improve our defending," said Aide.

"We lacked focus but we showed that we can play in the first half. But football is played over 90 minutes. They deserved the win."

Courtesy from Brunei Times