S.League Rd 1 Wrap: Ramazotti stars as DPMM go top

There were only 10 goals scored in Round 1, with Brunei DPMM the only team to notch more than one thanks to new signing Rafael Ramazotti.

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Warriors FC 1 Balestier Khalsa 0

1 March | Sunday | Jalan Besar Stadium

Warriors FC earned early bragging rights after taking home the Charity Shield in the S.League curtain raiser, defeating reigning Singapore Cup holders Balestier Khalsa. Nicolas Velez showed his S.League Young Player of the Year award was no fluke, giving the Warriors an early lead they did not relinquish. Balestier captain Zaiful Nizam did his best to keep out more goals, but the Tigers were unable to do much damage up the other end of the field.

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Brunei DPMM 3 Harimau Muda 1

1 March | Sunday | Bandar Seri Begawan

Steve Kean's men showed they mean business again this season, after sweeping their Malaysian challengers aside in their first competitive match of 2015. The Young Tigers had no answer to Rafael Ramazotti's finishing, as the new DPMM striker bagged a hattrick on debut. Substitute Riduan Abdunloh Pula grabbed a consolation goal deep in injury time, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Photo: Pengiran Khairil Sapyri/FAS

Hougang United 1 Courts Young Lions 1

2 March | Monday | Hougang Stadium

The Cheetahs finally snapped their four match losing streak to the Courts Young Lions, but could only manage a point in a fairly even affair. Young Lions forward Iqbal Hussain opened the scoring for the visitors, only for new Hougang signing Chupe to level the scores three minutes after. Both teams will be disappointed they didn't get a win, but a point apiece seemed a fair result.

Albirex Niigata (S) 0 Tampines Rovers 1

2 March | Monday | Jurong East Stadium

Title hopefuls Tampines Rovers set down an early marker with a 1-0 win over Japanese side Albirex Niigata (Singapore) on Monday evening. Debutant Fabrice Noel impressed, scoring the only goal of the game after a mix up in the Albirex defence. S.League Goal of the Year winner Fabian Kwok also sparkled in midfield for the Stags, turning in a Man of the Match performance.

Geylang International 1 Home United 1

3 March | Tuesday | Bedok Stadium

It was a disappointing result for title hopefuls Home United, but an encouraging one for Geylang coach Jorg Steinebrunner as his team held the Protectors to a 1-1 draw in their Round 1 game. Much had been made about former Dusseldorf and Guangzhou R&F striker Ken Ilsø, and the Danish import made an immediate impact with the opening goal. It took a man who S.League fans surely recognise to level the scores though, as Eagles captain Jozef Kaplan came to the rescue with a 46th minute equaliser.

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