DPMM FC’s second place hopes halted after Geylang draw

|      Fadhil Yunus      |

DPMM FC’s chances of making ground to second place took a hit after a 2-2 draw to Geylang International FC in the Singapore Premier League at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.

The Gegar Gegar men’s hopes of catching second-placed Tampines Rovers FC were made difficult after dropping points with their games in hand.

The Brunei-based outfit are now without a win in three games and must win their remaining game in hand to stay in contention for a runners-up finish.

The visitors took an early lead through Yeo Hai Ngee in the fifth minute before Adi Said drew his team level in the 18th minute for his 10th goal of the season.

DPMM FC centre back Brian McLean helped his side into the lead in the 43rd minute, but the hosts could not hold onto the lead until half-time as Geylang forward Fairoz Hasan struck.

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 attended the home match between DPMM FC and Geylang International FC, which ended with a 2-2 draw at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, 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 at the match last night. – INFOFOTO
DPMM FC forward Adi Said dribbles the ball as Geylang International FC player defends. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN
DPMM FC’s Volodymyr Pryimov shoots as an opposition player commits to defend

The hosts won a corner as Volodymyr Pryimov and McLean took their positions in the box as Abdul Aziz Tamit’s advance was halted by the Geylang defence for another corner.

DPMM FC winger Azwan Ali Rahman, who came on as a substitute was handed set-piece duties on the left hand side but his cross was inadvertently cleared by a watertight Geylang defence.

The home side made a tactical switch by bringing on Azwan Ali and Abdul Azizi Rahman to allow Abdul Mu’iz Sisa a smoother transition.

DPMM FC fullback Helmi Zambin was also a busy figure closing down any Geylang threat.

Shafie Efenddy and Azwan Ali exchanged passes in a neat one-two play but the Geylang defence was quick to end their build-up play.

Geylang brought in fresh legs with Noor Ariff tasked to seize on any signs of tiredness as Fuad Ramli made way.

Hendra Azam had a chance for the hosts but his effort soared wide with Volodymyr and Adi also having a pop with the ball which unfortunately did not trouble Geylang’s goalkeeper Faris Danial.