| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC ushered a new era under the tutelage of newly-appointed head coach Rene Weber in style following a 4-2 win over Home United FC in their opening fixture of the Singapore Premier League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.
DPMM FC new Ukrainian striker Volodymyr Prryomov enjoyed a dream debut after underlining his scoring pedigree with a brace to firmly establish himself as the main man upfront.
The ‘Gegar Gegar’ men first foreign signing Mojtaba Esmaielzadeh ended a roller-coaster week in the best possible fashion after marking his debut with a goal.
DPMM FC local forward Adi Said and Mojtaba was originally in Weber’s plans of first-team selection but after a surprise failure in the mandatory Yo-yo test led to their omission in the friendly on Monday possibly to allow them ample time for rest ahead of a redo.
However, the attacking duo who looks set to compliment a dynamic attacking force in a newly-assembled DPMM FC side, passed their test and was named in the match-day squad.
With a sense of expectation, the home starting squad mirrored a side that featured against Sabah FA in their final pre-season friendly with a couple of expected changes.
With the debate of who will partner Brian McLean at the heart of defence, a string of fine performances in pre-season has convinced Weber that Abdul Aziz Tamit was the ideal local pairing.
DPMM FC local recruits Suhaimi Anak Sulau and goalkeeper Haimie Anak Nyaring also made their debuts with the latter installed as the club’s number one choice goalkeeper.
The hosts enjoyed a dream start after foreign import Volodymyr Prryomov opened his account with a neat finish in his debut in the 13th minute before Abdul Aziz Tamit doubled the lead two minutes later for his first goal since re-joining the club this year.
The visitors were punished after failing to clear a succession of set-pieces as Volodymyr nicked in to score his first goal of the club before Abdul Aziz steered the ball home from close range from yet another corner.
The new era under newly-appointed head coach Weber looked bright as DPMM FC found a third goal of the game with the Ukrainian on target in the 55th minute.
Mojtaba made it 4-0 for the hosts before the Protectors finally got their name on the score-sheet albeit to an unfortunate own goal by Haimie.
Shahril Ishak netted in injury time for the visitors but it was more of a consolation as DPMM FC started the season with a win.
Meanwhile, in the other match, Tampines Rovers FC cruised to a 3-1 win over Geylang International FC at the Our Tampines Hub in Singapore.
Jordan Webb opened the scoring for the Stags in the first minute before adding his second of the game in the 36th minute.
Fairoz Hasan pulled a goal back for the Eagles deep into injury in the first half but Khairul Amri ensured all three points after converting his penalty eight minutes from time.