Analysis

Behe and Iggy strike for Warriors but DPMM come back to earn SG Cup draw

Volodymyr Priyomov helped Brunei DPMM earn a 2-2 draw against Warriors FC in the first leg of their RHB Singapore Cup quarterfinal tie at Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday night. 

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It looked like the Warriors were cruising to victory after leading 2-0 at half-time through goals from Jonathan Behe and Ignatius Ang, but DPMM produced a rousing comeback after the break to earn a share of the spoils.

It was a replica of the 2-2 Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) draw in May at Choa Chu Kang Stadium, where the Wasps come back 2-0 down to get a point through Priyomov’s brace.

Off a five-game unbeaten streak in the league, Warriors started the game in confident fashion and managed to open the scoring after just eight minutes.

After Tajeli Salamat’s solo run was halted by Awangku Fakharrazi just outside the area, Behe stepped up to curl home a superb effort that nestled into the bottom right corner for his 18th goal in all competitions this season.

DPMM slowly settled into the game and could have levelled matters 12 minutes later, but Priyomov lashed into the side netting from 20 yards out.

Warriors grew from strength to strength and eventually doubled their advantage through a good team move on 35 minutes.

Receiving Tajeli’s crossfield pass on the right, Emmeric Ong swiftly laid the ball off for Ammirul Emmran. The Warriors midfielder then released Ang, who took a touch to steady himself on the edge of the box before firing a crisp shot into the left corner past a helpless DPMM goalkeeper Haimie Nyaring.