| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC looked all set to play in yet another crucial game against Warriors FC – one of their direct title rivals – at home at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium tonight.
As continuous rain stopped, the red and black army of DPMM FC trudged to the pitch under the guidance of head coach Steve Kean to fine-tune their final movements and routines for another important night.
The team was seen busy in training at the match venue at 8pm last night.
The league leaders need not be told how significant the encounter is in the final straight of the championship and their pursuit of a first coveted league title.
DPMM FC sit on top of the table on 46 points with Warriors FC five points adrift. Tampines Rovers FC lie second with 43 points having played a game more. A dramatic win against Home United on October 2 ensured that they remain in contention for the title.
Albirex Niigata (S) are the other team chasing the trio of teams while Home’s tilt for the title- some tipped as title contenders along with Tampines Rovers – might be a hurdle too far for this season even though current standings suggest it is still mathematically possible.
The situation remains unchanged for DPMM FC before the start of the third round of the league needing four wins to win the title but three could even be enough by the time they face Tampines Rovers FC away on the final day of the season.
The major concern for the league leaders is conceding late goals particularly in the last matches and Kean will be well aware that defensive stability at this stage of this season is paramount to hold on to top spot.
Meanwhile, Albirex Niigata’s title hopes were dealt a massive blow following a 2-0 defeat to fast improving Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh Stadium last night.
Goran Ljubojevic scored twice as Balestier extended their winning streak in the league to four games. Albirex’s situation is now similar to Home United as their hopes of the S League crown this year is fast disappearing.
Hazy weather conditions in Singapore impacted visibility which triggered a delayed kick-off at 8.30pm.
Entry for DPMM FC’s second final home game of the season will be free emphasising the club management’s call for a strong turnout. Tickets can be obtained per entry at the stadium’s gates.