Picture: Courtesy of Ortus Media
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
DPMM FC's miserable start to their S.League campaign continued last night as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Geylang International FC at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore.
Goals from Shahfiq Ghani and Victor Coto handed Steve Kean and his team their fifth defeat from six matches as they lie second last - just above Garena Young Lions - with three points - their worst start in the competition ever.
Geylang got off to a perfect start when Shahfiq was given too much space to fire home from close range beating Wardun Yussof in the 13th minute.
Rafael Ramazotti thought he found an equaliser for DPMM FC after nodding home from a set-piece but the Brazilian was ruled offside.
The striker had a golden opportunity to level the scores just before half-time when he was unmarked inside the penalty box following a corner kick but could not find the target with his header.
DPMM FC were pressing for an equaliser in the second-half with Billy Mehmet coming close on several occasions but it was Geylang who found the net again.
Coto converted a penalty after Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos brought down Shahfiq in the box just five minutes after the restart.
DPMM FC were desperate to turn the game around with Ramazotti and Azwan Ali Rahman linked up a couple of times to test Syazwan Buhari, but the duo could not find a way past the Geylang custodian.
Kean thought that his team gave away the two goals easily.
"To be honest, the first goal from the touchline was too easy and the second, the defender (Yura) should learn that he has to clear at first opportunity," said Kean in the post match conference.
“I felt certain parts of the game we gave Geylang too much time on the ball and we should do better in that aspect.
"We have to adapt our tactics according to the opposition but now it’s back home and back to hard work," added the Scotsman.