DPMM maintain charge; Tanjong Pagar deny Tampines

DPMM FC reclaimed top spot in the S.League on Friday evening as they made it four wins in a row after beating Balestier Khalsa 4-1 at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

The Bruneian outfit took the lead on the stroke of halftime when Roberto Alviz played a lovely over-the-top ball to Roy O’Donovan, who made no mistake in slotting past Zaiful Nizam in a one-on-one situation.

DPMM then doubled their advantage on the hour mark when Rodrigo Tosi fired home from the spot, after O’Donovan had been barged over by Tajeli Salamat inside the box.

Nine minutes later, Tosi grabbed his ninth goal of the campaign when he poked the ball home from close range after an Azwan Saleh corner had caused havoc in the Tigers penalty box, and the contest was effectively ended in the 81st minute; O’Donovan with another clinical finish to make it 4-0.

Balestier did manage to pull one back four minutes from time when Kim Min-ho netted from inside the six-yard box after Goran Ljubojevic hit the byline and cut the ball back into his path, but it was a mere consolation as DPMM emerged deserving winners.

The victory allowed Steve Kean’s charges to reclaim top spot and establish a two-point lead over second-placed Warriors FC.

Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium, defending champions Tampines Rovers’ poor run of form continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tanjong Pagar United.

The Jaguars broke the deadlock just before the break when Monsef Zerka made an intelligent run to beat the offside trap and race onto Sazali Salleh’s brilliant through-ball, before unselfishly squaring the ball for Sebastien Etiemble to fire into the unguarded net.

But seven minutes after the hour mark, Tampines went on to claim a share of the spoils after substitute Ang Zhiwei found space on the right and swung a pinpoint cross to the unmarked Noh Alam Shah, who clinically sent a bullet header past Aurelien Herisson and into the back of the net.

Nonetheless, the pressure is slowly mounting on Stags coach Salim Moin, whose team has now won just one of their last six matches in all competition.

Friday’s S.League Results

Tanjong Pagar United 1-1 Tampines Rovers

DPMM FC 4-1 Balestier Khalsa

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