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Rosmin happy with season

DPMM FC players and officials pose with their S-League second runners-up medals and mock cheque after last night’s final game of the season against Balestier Khalsa FC at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore. Picture: Courtesy of S-League


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - DPMM FC skipper Rosmin Hj Md Kamis felt that this year’s overall campaign was still a good one despite the club not winning any silverware. DPMM FC clinched their maiden Singapore League (S-League) title last season but had to settle for third this term after they got off to a shaky start having to adjust with the reduction of the import quota from five to three.

They then bounced back strongly from July onwards, losing twice and drawing once in 14 matches in all competitions until the end of the season — one of the losses including the 2-0 defeat at the hands of S-League champions Albirex Niigata (S) FC in the final of the Singapore League Cup on July 30.

They lost in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Cup after falling 5-3 on aggregate to Ceres-La Salle FC of the Philippines.

“Overall it has been a good year for the club with what we have achieved this year,” said Rosmin in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“Considering that we only have three imports, it showed the local players also can compete and I believe we can be much better next season,” he added.

The Brunei side was carrying a nine-game unbeaten run in the S-League heading into Wednesday’s final S-League game against Balestier Khalsa FC but slipped to a surprise 2-0 loss.

After a goalless first half, the Croatian pair of Niko Tokic and Miroslav Kristic found the back of the net for the Tigers to seal what was only their fourth win in the competition at the Toa Payoh Stadium in Singapore.

Considering there was nothing to play for against the Tigers, when asked if that was a factor leading to their downfall, Rosmin replied: “I think so.”

“Whether we won, lost or drew, we would still be third.

“But that is not an excuse since we have been the in-form team for the last two to three months,” he added.

Rosmin will now be looking at spending more time with his family and is eager to take a break from an extra busy schedule this year which saw him represent the club and also the sultanate in international tournaments.

Meanwhile, DPMM FC coach Steve Kean felt that they should have finished their S-League season on a positive note.

“The result probably looks more comfortable with Balestier than it actually was,” said Kean as quoted on the S-League.

“When 1-0 down, we were chasing for the equaliser and obviously we had to leave it a little open at the back… So I don’t think there was two goals in it.

“If anything, at least a draw would have been a fair result for us,” added the Scotsman.

On the other hand, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic was delighted to end their season on a high note.

“I am very pleased with the performance. We did a really good job against a team (DPMM FC) that finished in the top three,” said the Croatian.

“We worked very hard and defended really well.

“We waited for our chances and when it came, we put the ball into the net and dominated the game with possession.

“But we never really made chances (in the opening half). I wanted to open the game and when Miro (Miroslav Kristic) came in, he made the difference and scored the goal,” concluded Kraljevic.

Balestier will now turn their attention to their Singapore Cup third-place playoff against Ceres tomorrow.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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