Home comfort for defending champions Brunei DPMM

Reigning S.League champions Brunei DPMM picked up their first win of the season as they cruised past Warriors FC 3-1 at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on Saturday.

The Wasps ended their early-season frustrations after a 3-2 defeat to Albirex Niigata (S) and a 1-1 draw against Geylang International, as they put up a good show back at the arena where they lifted their maiden S.League trophy four months ago.

Their strike duo of Rafael Ramazotti and Paulo Sergio had combined for a total of six goals against the Warriors in 2015, but it was the others who delivered this time round.

Steve Kean’s side got off to the best possible start by scoring inside six minutes, with centre back Brian McLean poking home after Azwan Ali’s corner was not properly dealt with by Warriors goalkeeper Yazid Yasin.

The visitors settled down and attempted to hit back thereafter, but it was DPMM who managed to double their lead on 27 minutes with right winger Maududi Hilmi thumping home from close range.

A minute later, the tie was well and truly over for the Warriors as veteran Azwan Salleh rifled in an absolute thunderbolt from 25 yards out that had Yazid beaten all hands down.

Jorg Steinebrunner’s outfit did pull one back two minutes after the break, with French hitman Jonathan Behe firing past DPMM custodian Wardun Yussof after some good work to get into the box.

The signing was handed the perfect opportunity to mastermind an improbable comeback later in the half, but his weak penalty was easily stopped by DPMM's custodian.

But that was all they could muster as they fell to a 3-1 defeat by the defending champions, stretching their winless streak away from home to nine matches.

Winless after two games, the Warriors will go in search of their first win of the season when they host the Garena Young Lions next Friday.

Meanwhile, DPMM will look to keep their momentum going as they play away to ]Hougang United on the same night.