Both teams cancelled each other out in a game that was short on goalmouth action at either end and was disrupted twice by lightning alerts
|FROM BISHAN STADIUM
By Teng Kiat
Home United and Brunei DPMM shared the spoils in their first game of the 2013 S.League season on Thursday night at Bishan Stadium as they cancelled out each other in a 0-0 draw.
The match was halted around three minutes after kick-off due to a lightning alert, with a 15-minute delay ensuing before it was restarted.
The home side were slightly more dangerous in the opening exchanges with the visitors growing slowly into the game, which sparked to life as it approached the half-hour mark.
New goalkeeper Jang Hong Won did well to gather a fierce low drive from DPMM captain Rosmin Kamis in the 27th minute, but was then caught in no man’s land at a corner three minutes later. The Korean custodian came out to claim the delivery but completely missed the ball, and he was relieved to see Joao Moreira’s header come back off the post.
Home went straight down the other end in response, as first Masato Fukui and then Lee Kwan Woo fired narrowly wide within the space of a minute. The latter, a former Korean international and the club’s ‘marquee’ signing, was quietly effective as he pulled the strings from midfield on his debut.
The start of the second half was delayed again due to another lightning alert for around 30 minutes before the teams finally took to the pitch, with the tempo of the game noticeably dropping a notch.
Both sides struggled to fashion any clear-cut opportunities, with the Protectors being frustrated on several occasions by DPMM’s high line as they were caught offside repeatedly.
The physical game employed by DPMM also meant that Home’s rhythm was often disrupted, with the duo of Jordan Webb and Fukui receiving close attention in particular.
The Wasps survived a late scare when substitute Aliff Shafaein’s deflected cross was cleared off the line, as the game petered out to a goal-less draw eventually.