S.League: Warriors down DPMM

S.League: Warriors down DPMM
Warriors’ Nicolas Velez (second from the right) trying to get the better of DPMM’s Rodrigo Tosi (right).

WARRIORS 1 (Hafiz Rahim 22)

BRUNEI DPMM 0

It turns out Warriors coach Alex Weaver was right: Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League leaders Brunei DPMM can be beaten after all.

The Bruneian side had been in imperious form heading into last night's top-of-the-table clash at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, winning seven games on the trot and scoring a whopping 24 goals in the process.

But a 22nd-minute free-kick goal from Warriors midfielder Hafiz Rahim helped his side to the three points, which they fully deserved.

Weaver, who asserted before the game that his charges had no fear of DPMM, stressed the importance of not getting carried away with the win, which cut the Bruneian's lead at the top to just four points.

"It's a big result, but it's only halfway into the season," he said.

"I'm more happy with the performance and where we are as a team right now.

"It (the title race) is not just a matter of them dropping points from now, we've got to take care of ourselves too."

Already missing first-choice right back Jeremy Chiang with a knee injury, Weaver was dealt another blow when key midfielder Tom Beattie failed to recover in time from a head injury.

But the ex-Stoke City academy coach pulled off a masterstroke by starting with rookie winger Suria Prakash.

Ex-Singapore international Shi Jiayi, who would have played offensively, moved into Beattie's defensive role.

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