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Albirex strolled to their 33rd straight home win with a 5-0 defeat of 10-man DPMM on Sunday evening at the Jurong East.

Captain Wataru Murofushi lead the way for the White Swans, with Taku Morinaga,Shuhei Hoshino and Ryuji Yamanaka joining him on the scoresheet.

The win was Albirex's second straight five-goal victory and also meant that they have 11 wins from 11 games, with no signs of slowing down just yet.

DPMM, on the other hand, dropped to sixth on the table, behind Home United on goal difference after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

Coming into the game,DPMM had conceded six times in the opening 10 minutes- the most in the league- and that came to haunt them once again as Morinaga broke the deadlock just nine monutes in.

A low cross from Ryuji Yamanaka was not dealt with properly by centre-back Hanif Hamir and the ball fell invitingly for the litlte magician to slam past hapless Haimie Nyaring.

Albirex's next opportunity would only come in the 33rd minute fater Mrofushi picked out Morinaga with a wonderful pass but this time,Haimie made a fine stop with his outstretched legs.

Two minutes later,Kenya Takahashi hit the woodwork with a freekick from the edge of the box.

The hosts would double their lead 60 seconds later though,with Shuhei Hoshino turning Hanif on the edge of the box before slotting the ball into the bottom right after receiving the ball from Daiki Asaoka.

The lead was further extended 5 minutes later before the break as Mrufoshi lit up the night with a wonderful solo effort.

Receiving the ball from Asaoka in the middle of the park,it looked as though he was too far out to cause any real harm.But Murufoshi embarked on a wonderful run into the box, skipping past three challenges before firing a powerful effort that dipped into the top left corner.

Albirex began the second half in similar fashion, with Murofushi firing narrowly over a well-worked move frm the Japanese side.

DPMM had a decent chance ro reduce the deficit when Volodomyr Priyomov ran past Shuhei Sasahara in the 56th minute, only for Yosuke Nozawa to deny him.

The Ukrainian was it again just a minute later,but this time he could not keep his freekick down.

Morinaga then wasted a olden chnace to add on his tally after Albirex carved open the Bruneians with some brilliant build-up, before Asaoka saw his header of Takahashi's free-kick saved by Haimie.

Haimie continued to be kept busy by Hoshino and Morinaga, and the pressure got to the 2-year old goalkeeper on 74 minutes.

The youngster had come out for a long ball and fumbled it,gifting possession to Morinaga.In a moment of madness, he punched the diminutive midfielder in the chest, giving referee Farhad Mohd no choice but to brandish the red card.

Down a man, DPMM failed to cope with the continuous Albirex pressure.Another mistake at the backgave the league leaders their fourth of the night in the 79th minute, after Helmi Zambin's attempted clearance from a Morinaga;s cross deflected off Tamanaka into the DPMM goal.

Murufoshi got his second of the night with the last kick of the game, tapping the ball over the line after substitute goalie Wardun Yussof palmed Hoshino's header onto the Albirex's captain's path.

WHAT THEY SAID

Albirex Head Caoch Kazuaki Yoshinaga:"Although we wn 5-0 tonight,I was not happy with some of the mistakes that the players made.It was just lucky that those shots we took  went in today and on another day, we may not be so lucky.There are some mistakes that I am not very happy with.I devise the strategies for this team and I have an idea how to stop my own team.

"I would like to correct some misconceptions.Opponents always say we have 25 players,but we have 21 and 19 are Japanese and two Singaporeans.With 21 players, we are unable to play 11 versus 11during training.This year,we also cut back alot of friendly matches but we do not have enough substitute players...it has been a handicap for us this year.

"Another misconception is that we play with a Japanese style.I do not look to Japan my style.I take inspiration from European football.My idea is to train the Japanese players to be able to beat teams outisde of Japan.This s what my motivation and inspiration is from."

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber:"We have played 8 games in the league, and six are away - this is not something that happens normally.Its true that we have given up too much goals in the beginning...I think maybe we have no concentration in the beginning.I have to point out that Albirex have better fitness-they have mostly foreign players, and they are some steps further ahead than other teams in the competition.I congratulate Albirex as they are doing well for a team of Under-23 players.

"I am sure we can play better .We lost two of the last three games...I expect us to come back to our level.We started very well in the beginning of the season, we have to do something about the situation we are in.We can definitely play better...I hope in the future we can do better." 

 

 

Brunei DPMM will be looking to bounce back from last week's defeat but it will be a huge task for them to do so against the perfect Abirex Niigata(S) in the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League on Sunday,2 June at the Jurong East Stadium.

Another week in the SPL, another opportunity to ruin Albrex's perfect record.

The Japanese side have won 10 on the trot - the best start ever any club has had to a SPL season - and ghey are showing no signs of stopping yet.

Having won 31 consecutive games at the Jurong East, the leaders will be confident heading into the clash against DPMM this weekend.

But Head Coach Kazuaki Yoshinaga is not entertaining any notion that his team can simply turn up and get three points from the game.

"It s impossible for us to play at high level all the time. Therefore, we must always keep our focus and stay grounded," he said.

"We must improve further.It is impossible to play at a high level with the current performance." 

Yoshinaga added that DPMM, whom they beat 2-0 earlier this season,cannot be taken lightly simply because their foreign players are "particularly wonderful".

However Rene Weber knoows that his side will have their work cut out. The Brazilian pointed out that while DPMM were able to match Albirex in the second half of their first meeting,hs players are fasting this time around.

"We have the team to beat them...but to win,we must play hard and be very organised," he said."We have to score from the chances that comes our way.If we able to score first, then it will be interesting to see how they deal with the situation."

The odds though are clearly stacked against the Bruneians, given that Albirex have won four straight matches against them and lost just once in the last 10 meetings.

Albirex will continue to miss centreback Shun Kumagai, who is recovering from a meniscus tear, as well as forward Adam Swandi, who is struggling from a knee problem.

DPMM's Iranian forward Mojtaba Mollasaraei missed the two last matches and it is unclear if he will be able to start against Albirex, although Weber has said that the full team will be available.

WHAT THEY SAID 

Albirex Head Coach Yoshinaga: "We are not interested in that (talk of title being a foregone conclusion already).We only improve by looking at the reality, and there is still a lot of work to be done for these boys."

DPMM Head Caoch Rene Weber:"Albirex are a very good team...they have the privelege no other clubs in Singapore have.They have 25 players coming from a top-four Asian country, so (There is)no surprise about their perfect record so far." 

 

Title-chasing DPMM Home United got their first win in four Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League matches after a solid 3-1 success over Brunei DPMM at the Bishan Stadium on Saturday night.

Shakir Hamzah's early goal was cancelled out by Adi Said,but the Protectors reclaim the lead through Song Ui-Young late in the first half before substitute Sirina Camara sealed the points 15 minutes from time.

The result meant Home moved up to fifth with 11 points from eight games while DPMM dropped a position to fourth, with Home ahead due to a goal difference.

DPMM started off the more enterprising of the twp sides and could have scored after just eight minutes on the clock. 

Ukrainian hotshot Volodomyr Priyomov found space to drive in a close-range snapshot after Faizal Roslan had conceded possession in his own half,but his fierce effort was well denied by an alert Rudy Khairullah.

Surviving that let off, Home would goon the break the deadlock two minutes later.

With DPMM goalkeeper Haimie Nyaring not geting enough distance on his punch to clear Izzdin Shafiq's cross, Shakir was onto the loose ball in a flash before poking home a neat shot into the bottom right corner.

Aidi Sharin's men almost made it two on 17 minutes when Shahril Ishak put Song through on goal but Haimie pulled off a superb reflex save.

DPMM gradually got back into the game and duly levelled matters on the half-hour mark.

A superb bll over the top by captain Shahrazen Said picked out younger brother Adi, who took a touch to steady himself before firing a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom right corner for his fourth goal of the season.

DPM's joy was shortlived.Five minutes later,with the DPMM defence failing to cleartheir lines from a corner,Izzdin swung in a superb cross for Song to nod pastHsimie from six yards out for his 12th goalin all competitions this season.

DPMM went into the second half with renewed vigour and should have restored parity from a seond time nine minutes after the break.

Priyomov looked odds-on to convert from three yards after being teed up by Adi,but his shot was somehow blocked on the line by centreback Abdil Qaiyyim.

Home were, however, effective after the break that led to the killer goal.

After initiating releasing Shahril,Camara get the perfect return pass from the former and his effort tooka wicked deflection off DPMM cnetreback to go past a wrong-footed Haimie on 75 minutes.

DPMM face reigning champions Albirex Niigata(S)away next Sunday,3th June, while Home will get some breathing space before hsoting Young Lions on Wednesday 6th June.

WHAT THEY SAID

Home Head Coach Aidil Sharin:"Its a satisfying win tonight, everyone worked hard and 95 percent of the team was performing - not just one or two players.They have to beleive they can beat any SPL team if they pt in the hard work.Im happy with the defesive part of our game - we didn't lose concentrationlike we did in our last three games and even managed to keep attacking towards the end.

Im happy for Suhairi Sabri who stepped in for the suspended Anumanthan.He only got three days to train, but he diid very well for us.Its not easy for him as he works in the day and its the fasting month.Its adifferent generation these days, you need to talk with these young players individually and not in front of everyone.My two coaches are doing a good job to help motivate them and improve their mental strength."

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber:"I congratulate Home beacuse they have a good team and a good coach; thats why they are in the final in the AFC Cup.But Im not happy with the referee tonight.I don't always talk about the referee, this is perhaps the first and the last time im talking about this.Referees must be fair all around the world.Ayellow card is a yellow card, one guy- Cmara-had a yellow and he kicked agan; thatsa red card and maybe it would change the result!

"We played good football -side to side-but we didn't shoot enough...Our next game is a tough one against Albirex. They are a team who should be first beacuse they have 25 foreigners, we have three and other teams have two." 

DPMM FC are hoping to return to winning ways against Home United side in the Singapore Premier League at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore tonight.

DPMM missed the chance to go second after the Young Lions draw in their last league apearance had could leapfrog Balestier Khalsa,who play on Sunday.

 The Brunei-based outfit are facing the AFC Cup Asean zone finalists who recently stunned Indonesian giants Persija Jakarta over two legs for a second time this season.

However, the Protectors have undergone a rough patch in the league having only managed two wins in seven matches and are third bototm in the Indonesian league.

DPMM will be looking to exploit their backline who alongise Geylang International have the worst defence in the league after shipping 20 goals.

Both sides have met earlier this season with DPMM enjoyinh a home win and it is no surprise that they will be looking for a repeat of such performance.

DPMM centreback Brian McLean will be hoping to give them a good fight as they did earlier this season during the six-goal thriller.

"It was a fair result against Young Lions, we didn't create a lot of opportunities for ourselves to score," McLean told the Football Association of Singapore(FAS) website.

"We are the masters of complicating things instead of doing the simple things well.Now we just need to focus on the recovery and get our mentality right for this tough, tough game,"

The Brunei side have a tough run of games which also includes against tabletoppers Albirex Niigata (S) next Sunday.

"We are in the midst of a tough run of away matches, but you can'y use it as a negative because thats the fixtures.No doubt Home  Utd are a quality team and thats why they are in the AFC Cup Zonal final,"said the former Hibernian man.

"But its up to us to replicate the way we played against them at home earlier this season and give them a good fight,"he added.

DPMM will have to buck the trend at the Bishan Stadium having not won in regulation time in their last six visits since their return to the Singapore Premier League in 2012.

However,Rene Weber's charges are unbeaten in their last four matches and have clawed their way back from faliling behind on three separate occasions. 

The young Lons and Brunei DPMM had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday night.

Iksan Fandi opened the scoring with a superb half-volley in the 66th minute but a late goal by Adi Said salvaged a point for DPMM. 

The hosts were under heavy pressure from the start and were content to let the visitors see most of the ball, as they packed their half and relied on counter-attacks.

But despite dominating possession,DPMM barely had a sniff on goal and relied on shots from distance.

A well-worked move in the 6th minute could have paid off had Sahrazen hot the ball with more venom,but instead he scuffed it into the grateful arms of Zharfan Rohaizad.

Azwan Ali came close next in the 23rd minute, as he ran onto Volodomyr Priyomov's layoff and had a go from 18 yards out but a sprawling Zharfan was able to deny him.

A rare Young Lions foray forward saw Ikhsan deliver a good cross into the box bu Naufal Azman was just inches away from connecting at point-blank range.

A hopeful volley by adi then flew over the bar just two minutes before the half concluded, sending both teams into the dressing room level as a light dazzle started up.

In the second half, the Young Lions showed more attacking intent and substitute Haiqal Pasha somehow found the wrong side of the post despite having the goal at his mercy after DPMM failed to clear the lines.

They could have paid for that miss in the 50th minute, when Priyomov found himself with the ball at close range and went for goal by Zharfan produced a sublime save to thwart him.

Five minutes after the hour mark, Shahrazen Said failed to make his header count after a good delivery by Azwan to steer the ball towards the near post.

The opener finally arrived in the 66th minute. Ikhwan caught DPMM napping and stole the ball before unleashing a thunderbolt from distance for his second goal as many games.

Clearly in confident mood,the forward went for goal again from outside the box in the 75th minute abd was unlucky to see his low drive flash past the post.

The last ten minutes saw DPMM piling the pressure on as Zharfan pulled off another good save to deny Shahrazen  while Azwan Salleh's shot was deflected just wide.

Their effort finally paid off in the 87th minute when Sahfie Effendy was given plenty of space on the right and he picked out Adi, who finished off from close range.

There was still time for a winner , but Irfan Fandi failed to get his close-range header on target following Haiqal's crner in injury time.

Both teams have only two days to recuperate before playing again on Saturday,26 May as the Young Lions face Warriors FC at Jalan Besar Stadium while DPMM face Home United at Bishan Stadium.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Young Lions Head Coach Fandi Ahmad:"We could have won in the last five minutes, the boys worked really hard, but DPMM is a good footballing team.We closed down a lot of their players and they worked very hard...Our discipline and compactness kept us in the game.You can see the difference, comparing the experence of the DPMM team,but our players determined to get that result tonight."

DPMM Head Coach Rene Weber:"A draw is one point bit I am not happy about the result because we could have won the game.We must improve the team;they must be there to face different kind of solutions.I am sad as we could  win this game, not because the opponents don't deserve it,they are strong.I have no complaints about my team but we must play more football."