S.League: Drama as Warriors take home record ninth title
Brunei DPMM trip up on final day of the season to hand record ninth S.League title to Warriors FC
For most of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season, Brunei DPMM were head and shoulders above their rivals.
But on Friday night (Oct 31) when it mattered most, the Wasps fluffed their lines.
Their 2-1 defeat to Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium, coupled with Warriors FC's 1-0 win over Albirex Niigata in a match played simultaneously at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, meant the title went Warriors' way on the final day of the season.
It is a kick in the teeth for DPMM, who end the season boasting the league's best scoring and defensive records, and headed into last night's match needing simply to equal Warriors' result.
But, by failing to hold up their end of the bargain, sleeping giants Warriors now have a record ninth S.League title in the bag.
Before last night, the S.League's most successful team last triumphed in the league in 2009.
But a goal by attacking midfielder Hafiz Rahim in the 48th minute sent them on their way.
They were further boosted when Tampines' Jozef Kaplan fired his side ahead in the 65th minute.
And when Miljan Mrdakovic doubled the Stags' lead at Jalan Besar just eight minutes later, there was no question the title was headed on its way to Choa Chu Kang.
Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 1.
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