Champions DPMM FC fall to Tampines in first home loss of season

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik watch the match between DPMM FC and Tampines Rovers FC last night.


BY Fadhil Yunus


DPMM FC fell to their first home defeat of the season in the AIA Singapore Premier League following a 1-0 loss to Tampines Rovers FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman attended to watch the match.

Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.




The newly crowned champions had won 10 of the last 11 league matches at home, but the Stags completed a double, having previously beaten them 3-1 away in Singapore. Tampines midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman unlocked the home defence when his cross found Jordan Webb, who accompanied a good touch with a fine shot past DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.

Tampines’ defender Irwan Shah burst into the box and provided a cutback into the middle but DPMM FC fullback Najib Tarif intervened with a vital clearance to deny a second goal.

The Gegar Gegar men breathed a sigh of relief after Ryutaro Megumi’s shot hit the post after connecting from a Jordan cross.

DPMM FC defender Abdul Muiz Si’sa was shown a straight red card following a mistimed challenge on Ryutaro.

Wardun was forced to make a double save from Taufiq Suparno and Shah Shahiran in quick succession as he kept his side in the game.

The visitors worked a free kick well as Taufik’s shot from close range flew over the bar.

Tampines substitute Zehrudin Mehmedovic skipped past his marker and elected to finish off a solo run with a low effort, but Wardun was equal to the task.

Jordan picked up Mehmedovic in the box in second half stoppage time before the latter released a strike which did not trouble the DPMM FC goalkeeping custodian.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin