Monday, May 4, 2009
The DPMM vs SAF FC Match
I have always wanted to blog about the DPMM FC vs Sengkang Punggol match I attended more than 5 weeks ago, but I was really busy then, and assuming that nobody else would recall that match, I figured I might as well just forget about it.
The highlights of this post would be me witnessing how DPMM FC overcame a strong Singapore Armed Forces FC at home soil.
Indeed, it was a match not to be forgotten, plus the match recorded an attendance high of roughly 10,500 spectators.
Coincidentally, it was coach Vjeran Simunic's birthday that day as well, so winning this game would meant the best birthday gift for the 55 year-old coach.
The players walked out of the tunnel with great confidence.
The match started and a lot of the spectators were already beating the drums they brought along to build up the momentum.
They were a lot of the plastic flags bearing the logo of DPMM as well, but I'm not sure where they bought it.
Whatever the fans brought along with them, I have to say, the fans who came on that night was the most passionate of all.
But within just 3 minutes of the game, DPMM FC took the lead!
The set up of the goal was through a long pass by Azwan Salleh to Abdel Hamid, which the Algerian made a clever pass to the right for Croatian midfielder Ivan Jerkovic to score.
The fans went crazy of course.
Even with the lead, SAF looked to be dangerous as well as they have a couple of nice chances.
They couldn't cut through the solid defence of DPMM FC so there were a lot of crosses and set-pieces.
That night, one of the SAF's player was constantly booed by the crowd whenever he touches the ball. I looked through the internet and found out his name was Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin. The no. 7 of the team.
I'm not really sure why but I don't think it's because of his green mercurial vapor boots.
I think it's because he dyed his hair to white.
For that, you get booed for the rest of the night.
Barely the start of the second half, DPMM FC scored once again and this time through Abdel Hamid himself!
His performance was highly doubted by a lot of people but he has proven them wrong with the goal.
He created many other chances for the team as well.
We then saw a better side of SAF FC in this second half because this is the time where they seemed to be very sharp on the attack.
Even Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin was not affected by the boos anymore.
They kept going until the 89th where they've earned a free kick.
And Thai national Therdsak Chaiman successfully converted the free kick!
This is where the nail-biting part of the game started.
With 4-minutes of additional time, a lot could happen. Fans were afraid that SAF would equalise or even take the victory.
DPMM FC could have sealed the game when Abdel Hamid seems to have scored for the second time, but was disallowed for offside. What a pity.
In the dying seconds of the injury time, SAF FC had just another free-kick, similar to the spot where they scored earlier.
Many of the spectators were about to go home but stopped and stared with their mouth wide open.
If Manchester United can overcome Bayern Munich in the injury time of the 1999 Champions League final, what else is not possible? (For SAF FC in this case)
But this time, DPMM FC's defence did what they had to do, and prevented them from scoring the free kick, much to the delight of the home crowd.
The result ended DPMM FC 2 - 1 SAF FC.
The next home game could be 16th May, against Young Lions.
Think you can come?
:: Posted by DENCORPORATION at 5:54 PM