Young Lions fall despite Amri’s heroics

The Singapore international scored two goals but still could not prevent his side Young Lions from going down 5-3 to Brunei DPMM... 

Brunei DPMM ensured their last home fixture of the season finished with a bang after an entertaining 5-3 win over Garena Young Lions on Monday night.

The hosts were rampant in the first half and they took the lead as early as the fourth minute, with Brian McLean heading in Hendra Azam’s free-kick.

Rafael Ramazotti then struck twice in the space of two minutes, as he headed in Azwan Salleh’s cross in the eighth minute before doing the same with McLean’s delivery moments later.

The Young Lions’ misery were further compounded in the 29th minute, as Maududi Hilmi made it 4-0 with a finish from close range after meeting Shahrazen Said’s pass.

Young Lions goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar then had to put in a good save after the half-hour mark, as Maududi went for goal again, this time from the edge of the box.


Ramazotti secured the points and a hat-trick for DPMM

The visitors tried to pull one back and they came close in the 37th minute, only for DPMM custodian Wardun Yusof tipped away Shafeeq Faruk’s effort.

After the break, the Young Lions threatened to make an unconceivable comeback, as they scored three goals within 15 minutes.

Shafeeq managed to beat Wardun right after the restart, while veteran Khairul Amri volleyed home a cross in the 53rd minute.

It became 4-3 on the hour mark, as Amri once again hit the back of the net.

It became 4-3 on the hour mark, as Amri once again hit the back of the net.

However, the Young Lions failed to find that elusive equaliser thereafter, despite throwing bodies forward.

DPMM finally regained some breathing space to kill off the Young Lions in injury time, after earning a penalty. Ramazotti duly converted his spot-kick to walk away with three points.

DPMM are now on 38 points, two behind second-placed Tampines Rovers, albeit having played two games more.

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