| BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (21 Sept 2009) – DPMM FC are eyeing to finish second in the S-League following their recent 1-0 win over the Young Lions.
The Brunei outfit’s only goal of the game against the Singapore Under-23 national team came in the fifth of play off Drazen Govic (pix).
Naturally, DPMM head coach Vjeran Simunic was overjoyed with the win as the team had to play without first-choice defenders – Rene Komar, Sallehuddin Hj Damit and Yussof Salleh – who have been suspended for the rest of the season.
“It’s like having a popular restaurant suddenly lose all the cooks,” said Simunic.
“So, I have to make cooks out of waiters! It was a hard game all the way till the end, and I would have been satisfied with a draw.
Replied his counterpart from the Young Lions, Terry Pathmanathan: “All we did was slip up on one corner. Again the lesson is that you won’t win if you don’t score goals. We had enough chances to win all three points!
“We played really well, and did everything except score. We certainly didn’t lose to the superior team on the night.”
It was the Young Lions first defeat at home this season and they remain 11th in the 12-team table with 20 points from 27 games.
With the win, DPMM FC are four points behind second-placed Tampines Rovers FC, who they will face on 29 September 2009.
There are still some six games left to the end of the season which ends on 6 November 2009.
CURRENT S-LEAGUE 2009 STANDINGS
1. SAF FC 61pts (+43)
2. Tampines Rovers FC 53pts (+18)
3. DPMM FC 49pts (+8)
4. Home United FC 47pts (+21)
5. Gombak United FC 47pts (+16)
6. Super Reds FC 41pts (+10)
7. Geylang United FC 40pts (-3)
8. Albirex Niigata FC (S) 32pts (-9)
9. Woodlands Wellington FC 31pts (-21)
10. Sengkang Punggol FC 21pts (-27)
11. Young Lions 20pts (-23)
12. Balestier Khalsa FC 15pts (-33)