Ikhsan snatches point for Young Lions in tense affair against Brunei DPMM

Young Lions held Brunei DPMM to a 1-1 draw in a heated affair in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday night.

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DPMM opened the scoring through substitute Shah Razen Said at the start of the second period before Ikhsan Fandi leveled the score within two minutes from the spot.

Ikhsan threatened just four minutes into the game when he took a touch outside the box and unleashed a ferocious grounder that hit the right post before gliding across goal behind goalkeeper Haimie Nyaring and out for a goal kick.

DPMM had the next goalscoring opportunity when Brian McLean towered above the rest, off an Azwan Ali corner, only to see his header glance narrowly wide.

The visitors had another glorious chance to take the lead on 22 minutes when Azwan capitalized on a defensive lapse and was clean through on goal. Instead of taking a shot, he opted to lay it off for Volodymyr Priyomov who saw his shot palmed away by an alert Zharfan Rohaizad.

It was Azwan who caused mayhem yet again on 28 minutes when he released Shafie Efenddy who failed to score from a tight angle as Zharfan closed him down.

DPMM’s dominance was telling but Rene Weber’s charges just failed to find that final touch in the attacking third and both teams went into the break on level terms.

The second half got off to a blistering start as DPMM scored the first goal within a minute of the restart.

Azwan released substitute Shah Razen Said down the left and the winger ghosted between two Young Lions defenders before curling an unstoppable shot from a tight angle past a stranded Zharfan.