DPMM FC will carry a narrow advantage in the second leg of the Singapore Cup 2019 semi-final after edging Warriors FC 1-0 in the first leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore last night.
Warriors midfielder Gabriel Quak proved to be a tricky customer as he raced into DPMM FC’s half and drew a foul from DPMM FC defensive midfielder Nurikhwan Othman.
Gabriel was afforded time and space to deliver a cross but Faizal Raffi mistimed his header, much to the relief of the DPMM FC defence.
DPMM FC fullback Najib Tarif whipped a cross into the box and Adi Said cushioned his header onto the path of Azwan Ali Rahman. The ball was slightly farther apart beyond his reach but managed to find a cross for Blake Ricciuto, whose header ended wide off the mark.After managing the threat from the league champions, it was Warriors turn to try cause damage.
Faizal’s improvised header nearly crept into the bottom corner after receiving a free-kick from Ryhan Stewart.
The openness of the game was demonstrated as in the other end a snapshot from Azwan Ali Rahman skimmed just wide after exchanging passes with Hendra Azam.
The local star justified his selection as one of the nominees for Team of the Year after providing a clinical finish past Warriors goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar, having connected from a cutback by Helmi Zambin.
Gabriel forced DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof with a stinging drive after the Warriors star had been confronted in a one-on-one situation with Nurikhwan.
Warriors forward Behe showed good movement as he evaded a few DPMM FC players. Local defender Hanif Hamir brought an end to his individual brilliance with a strong challenge and was in the referee’s books with a yellow card.
With Gabriel and Nurikhwan engaged in their own battles, Behe took an excellent first touch and Hanif conceded the penalty.
However, the Warriors captain missed his penalty as Wardun came to his side’s rescue.
Warriors midfielder Poh Yi Feng dragged his shot wide after he was set up by Gabriel.
Tajeli proved dangerous with his crosses and substitute Sahil Suhaimi brilliantly sets himself up but he skewed his effort wide.
The second leg of the Singapore Cup semi-final will be held this Wednesday at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore.