DPMM FC’s bid to win the S.League took another blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Balestier Khalsa at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
Having fallen to defeats against Warriors FC and Home United in their last two matches, the Bruneian side entered Saturday’s clash eager to get back to winning ways.
It looked as though they were on the right track when they took the lead in the 18th minute, after Rodrigo Tosi met Roberto Alviz’s right-wing cross with a neat header into the back of the net.
However, just a minute later, Balestier equalised after DPMM centre-back Shahrulrizal Abdul Rahman got into a mix-up with goalkeeper Azman Ilham, allowing Zulkiffli Hassim to finish into the unguarded goal
With neither side able to find the winner, the points were ultimately shared – which means Steve Kean’s charges are now three points behind leaders Warriors with a game in hand, as well as a far superior goal difference.
DPMM have a chance to move top on Tuesday when they visit the Jurong East Stadium to play Albirex Niigata (S), before next Friday’s final round of games.
In Saturday’s other game, Courts Young Lions finished off their season strongly after going a third game without defeat with a 1-1 draw against Geylang International at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The Eagles had initially taken the lead three minutes after the half-hour mark when Leonel Felice lined up a freekick on the edge of the box, before sending a rocket of a shot into the top corner.
But in the 74th minute, Iqbal Hussain was left in acres of space and proceeded to send an unstoppable left-footed strike past Siddiq Durimi to earn the Young Lions a share of the spoils.
Saturday’s S.League Results
Courts Young Lions 1-1 Geylang International
DPMM FC 1-1 Balestier Khalsa