Behe and Iggy strike for Warriors but DPMM come back to earn SG Cup draw
Warriors led 2-0 at the break, but DPMM would come back strongly in the second half as they pulled one back on 65 minutes.
After a half-cleared free-kick, Azwan Ali Rahman was allowed space to drive in a right-wing cross for Priyomov. The latter’s first-time volley was tipped onto the post by Warriors custodian Mukundan Maran, but McLean was on hand to tuck into an empty net to set up a nervy finale.
DPMM kept piling on the pressure in the dying stages and their efforts would pay off in the 84th minute.
Adi Said first wriggled free of two defenders before teeing up Priyomov. Left unmarked on the edge of the area, the latter seized the opportunity to lash a snapshot that somehow evaded Mukundan before going in the central area of the goal.
The Wasps could have made it 3-2 two minutes later, but Mukundan redeemed himself by tipping Priyomov’s spectacular left-footed volley from 20 yards out onto the post.
It eventually ended all square as both sides meet again in the second leg at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on September 19. They will also face each other in a league meeting at the same venue four days prior to that game.
Brunei DPMM FC Head Coach Rene Weber: “I told the players in the dressing room at half time that ‘our team do not play like this’. We lost everything in the first half... we lost passes, we lost organisation. If Warriors scored more, we are finished.
“Second half we started to play football. Our goalkeeper took the ball and started passing to the defenders, whereas in the first half we just played long ball. I’m happy with that and now we have another game (the second leg) to play.”
Warriors FC Head Coach Mirko Grabovac: “First half we played very well... But second half we lost concentration and I don’t know what happened. We should be 3-0 or 4-0 up; we played very good soccer and created good chances.
“I’m not happy that our fitness went down and we should have played more compact at 2-0 up. But I’m still happy with how we played and there’s still the second leg to come.”
Brunei DPMM FC: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Awangku Fakharrazi, Abdul Aziz Tamit, Brian McLean, Suhaimi Sulau (Najib Tarif 76’), Yura Indera Putera (Azwan Saleh 46’), Hendra Azam, Azwan Ali Rahman (Abdul Azizi Rahman 79’), Adi Said, Volodymyr Priyomov, Shah Razen Said (C)
Warriors FC: Mukundan Maran (GK), Emmeric Ong, Kento Fukuda (C), Hafiz Sulaiman, Ismadi Mukhtar, Fadhil Noh, Ammirul Emmran (Khairul Nizam 90’), Ho Wai Loon, Ignatius Ang (Suria Prakash 63’), Tajeli Salamat (Delwinder Singh 75’), Jonathan Behe