Singapore Cup: Kean on the treble

Singapore Cup: Kean on the treble
Roy O’Donovan (centre) on his way to scoring a hat-trick for Brunei DPMM.




(Rodrigo Tosi 58, 71, Roy O'Donovan 59, 78, 90, Azwan Saleh 80, Shahrazen Said 90+3)

There is still a long way to go, but there are some who are already wondering if Brunei DPMM FC can be the first team in Singapore football history to win the S.League, Singapore Cup and League Cup treble this season.

Based on last night's devastating victory over Filipino league leaders Global FC in the RHB Singapore Cup, don't bet against it.

DPMM coach Steve Kean thinks that the treble is on, after a superb second-half show of firepower at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The Wasps were lacklustre in a goal-less first half, which left some fans wondering if they were still hung over after last week's 1-0 defeat by Warriors FC in the battle of the top two of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League.

Adding to the sub-plot was the fact that Global had beaten DPMM 5-4 on aggregate in last season's Singapore Cup quarter-finals.

This time, though, the Bruneian outfit simply stepped up a gear after the break to plunder an astonishing seven goals in just over half an hour as they booked their spot in the quarter-finals.

Rodrigo Tosi grabbed a brace with two thumping headers, while Roy O' Donovan took home the match ball after firing in a hat-trick as DPMM's star strikers destroyed Global FC.

While teams would normally have eased off the pedal after taking a big lead in a knockout match, the S.League leaders pressed on and there was even time for substitutes Azwan Saleh and Shahrazen Said to add to the scoreline late in the match.

"We've got a competitive squad, and the substitutes want to play and challenge for a place in the starting 11," said Kean, who has never seen any of his former clubs score seven in one half.

"This is a good response to a not-so-good first half, never mind last week's loss. It's always nice to score so many and to keep a clean sheet, too.

"If we manage to steer clear of bad injuries, touch wood, and with performances like these, there's no reason why we cannot get the three of them (titles)."

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