S.League leaders DPMM FC ended a four-game winless streak on Wednesday after claiming a 3-2 win over Courts Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
After three straight defeats to Warriors FC, Home United and Tampines Rovers was followed by last week’s 0-0 draw against Geylang International, it initially looked as though the Bruneian outfit would be dropping points again after falling behind in the seventh minute.
Finding space down the left, Jordan Webb burst past Subhi Abdilah before drilling in a shot that Sairol Sahari could only deflect past his own goalkeeper.
But DPMM managed to pull level in the 26th minute when Roy O’Donovan’s right-wing cross was nodded on by Rodrigo Tosi into the path of Roberto Alviz, who made no mistake in slamming the ball into the back of the net from four yards out.
And ten minutes later, the visitors went edged ahead when Tosi towered over opposition keeper Rudy Khairullah at the near post and sent a firm header home.
However, they failed to make the most of their dominance in the second half and it appeared as though Young Lions had forced the draw five minutes from time; Sahil Suhaimi capitalising after being given too much space on the edge of the box and drilling a terrific shot into the bottom corner.
Nonetheless, DPMM managed to muster one final push and claimed the three points in the second minute of injury-time when Wardun Yussof’s clearance was flicked on by Tosi into the path of Azwan Ali, who emphatically smashed a first-time half-volley past a hapless Rudy.
In Wednesday’s other game, Albirex Niigata (S) tentatively moved up to fifth on the table with a 2-1 triumph over Tanjong Pagar United at the Queenstown Stadium.
It took the White Swans just three minutes to break the deadlock when Kento Nagasaki volleyed home from the edge of the box, after the opposition defence had failed to clear their lines.
The Jaguars then wasted an excellent chance to pull level when they were awarded a penalty following a foul on Masrezwan Masturi inside the area; Kamel Ramdani sending his effort back off the woodwork.
And Albirex went on to make the most of that reprieve as they doubled their lead on the hour mark when Keisuke Ota found space just inside the box, and proceeded to send a powerful curling effort past Aurelien Herisson.
Tanjong Pagar did manage to pull one back eight minutes from time when they were awarded another penalty – Monsef Zerka making no mistake from 12 yards – but visitors ultimately held out for maximum points, ending their opponents’ two-game winning streak in the process.
Courts Young Lions: Rudy Khairullah, Fadli Kamis, Amirul Adli, Delwinder Singh, Ali Hudzaifi (Afiq Noor 72’), M. Anumanthan, Nur Na’iim Ishak (Stanely Ng 67’), Iqbal Hussain (Shameer Aziq 79’), Sherif El-Masri, Jordan Webb, Sahil Suhaimi.
DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Subhi Abdilah (Awangku Fakharrazi 46’), Abdul Aziz Tamit, Boris Raspudic, Sairol Sahari (Azwan Saleh 46’), Hendra Azam (Rosmin Kamis 64’), Roberto Alviz, Joe Gamble, Azwan Ali, Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’Donovan.