DPMM FC sealed a third-place finish in the Singapore Cup after beating Tampines Rovers 2-1 in Wednesday’s playoff at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
It was the Stags who got off to a brighter start and took the lead in the 16th minute when Miljan Mrdakovic sent Wardun Yussof the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Ismadi Mukhtar had been brought down inside the box by Awangku Fakharrazi.
However, DPMM equalised two minutes after the half-hour mark following a well-worked move that saw Roberto Alviz play an incisive pass to release Azwan Ali, whose low cross was stabbed home by Rodrigo Tosi from inside the six-yard box.
Tampines then had a number of chances to reclaim the lead in the second half as Ismadi Mukhtar and Aleksandar Duric both forced Wardun into fine saves with excellent efforts, before Jozef Kaplan could only volley wide from an acute angle after being picked out unmarked at the back post by Jamil Ali’s terrific cross.
But as the clock ticked over into injury-time, it was the Bruneian outfit who stole the win when Tosi nodded home his second of the evening from close range, after his initial header had been parried by Pasfield and Shahrazen Said’s follow-up effort had smashed off the bar and back into play.
Tampines Rovers: Justin Pasfield, Ang Zhiwei, Fahrudin Mustafic, Jufri Taha, Shaiful Esah, Jozef Kaplan, Shahdan Sulaiman, Jacob Butler, Ismadi Mukhtar, Miljan Mrdakovic (Jamil Ali 69’), Aleksandar Duric.
DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Awangku Fakharrazi, Abdul Aziz Tamit (Shahrazen Said 83’), Rosmin Kamis, Azwan Saleh (Sairol Sahari 90’), Hendra Azam, Joe Gamble, Roberto Alviz, Roy O’Donovan, Azwan Ali, Rodrigo Tosi.