DPMM FC forward Andrei Varankou celebrates his goal with team-mate Azwan Ali Rahman in the match against Balestier Khalsa. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE
BY Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC head coach Adrian Pennock underscored the importance of the victory against Balestier Khalsa after overseeing his side record a 4-1 win in the AIA Singapore Premier League at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore last Sunday night.
A brace from Andrei Varankou and strikes from Charlie Clough and Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman sets the title-chasing side on their way while Hazzuwan Halim netted for the Tigers.
The Gegar-Gegar men currently trail league leaders Hougang United by one point in second place but with two games in hand, maximum points against Balestier moved them a step closer towards the title.
“It is a massive three points for us. We haven’t had a game for three-and-a-half weeks,” said Pennock in a post-match interview with the media.
He added, “But this is a great result for us. That is our last away game now and everybody got to come to us.
“We are very strong at home and they’ve (opponents away) got to travel and got to go in different beds.
“They are in front of the best fans in the league are and the best stadium. We are looking forward to it,” the Ipswich-born concluded.
Meanwhile, Pennock’s opposite number Balestier Khalsa head coach Khidhir Kamis highlighted that lack of responsibility led to their own downfall in the game.
“I think in the first half we weren’t there (in the game) at all. We only came alive or we started to wake up the moment we conceded the second goal,” said Kamis in an interview.
He continued, “In the second half, we started a little bit better than DPMM FC but after that we lost control of the game.
“We didn’t carry out little responsibility that has been given out to the players and because of that we crumbled again.”
Meanwhile in the other match, title contenders Hougang United kept in touch with the Brunei-based outfit after a 2-0 win over Home United.
Hougang United head coach Clement Teo heaped praise on the attitude of the players after seeing his side maintain top spot.
“The attitude of the players made the win possible. You could see that they were pushing and trying time and time again. They gave what they have,” said Teo.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin