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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Majra edge BSRC in 7-goal thriller

A Majra player (L) evading a tackle from an opposition player in this file photo. Picture: BT file
Thursday, October 25, 2012

MAJRA FC defeated Brunei Shell Recreation Club (BSRC) 4-3 in the third-round FA Cup match at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.

In the early moments of the first half, Majra FC played long balls and used both their left and right flanks to get crosses and through balls into BSRC's penalty box.

Despite the early onslaught BSRC held out against Majra FC's attacks, and scored the first goal in the 22nd minute against the run of play from a counter attack.

A BSRC defender intercepted the ball before releasing a long pass into Majra FC's territory that found BSRC's Syazwa Mohd. He quickly sprinted with the ball into Majra FC's penalty box and fired the ball home.

The game looked done and dusted for BSRC when they were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute following a hard slide tackle by a Majra FC defender in the box.

BSRC's Junaidi Brahim took the penalty and scored, making it 2-0.

However, Majra FC made a stunning comeback, starting in the 42nd minute when a through pass from the left found a waiting Mohd Azri Zahari who quickly shot the ball with his left foot, pulling a goal back to make the scores 2-1.

In the second half, BSRC's counter attacks paid off again. The team from KB restored their two goal lead when the ball was passed to their striker Syazwi Mohd.

He beat his man inside the Majra penalty box from the left side and scored his second goal of the game in the 60th minute.

It was not over for Majra FC though, when a cornerkick from the right was awarded to them and striker Faizal Mohd headed the ball into goal in the 71st minute, making it 3-2.

Faizal equalised just two minutes after his first goal when he received a long ball in the middle of BSRC's penalty box and the player turning well and rifling the ball into the net.

With Majra FC's relentless attack, Mohd Azri Zahari scored the winning goal in the 87th minute with another long ball taking apart the BSRC defence.

Mohd Azri had to evade two defenders before firing the winner from the left side of goal capping a remarkable night for his team.

Majra FC Assistant Manager Hj Mahaddi Hj Madziin told The Brunei Times that the change of formation after half time helped them win the game.

"We started in the first half with with the formation of 4-4-2 but since we were trailing behind, we changed our formation to 4-3-3," said Hj Mahaddi.

"First half we had many chances but we had made mistakes, but our players still had the fighting spirit to win the game," he said.

Hj Mahaddi explained that the tactical change gave the team a much better chance for attack.

Majra's assistant manager also praised the opposition saying it was a great game and that BSRC were quite formidable opponents to play against.

Majra FC's biggest achievement to date was winning the DST Group Brunei League Cup final in 2011.

This Saturday's match will witness Sporting FT play against MS ABDB at the Balapan Track and Field at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. 
The Brunei Times

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