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Saturday, January 5, 2013

QAF FC Still Without A Win

The action-packed match between QAF FC and MS PDB last night

Bandar Seri Begawan - QAF FC have yet to record a win in the 2012/13 DST Super League after slumping to a 4-1 defeat to MS PDB at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.

Mardi Mirza Abdullah Bujang had given QAF FC a second minute lead, but PC5823 Mohd Huzairol Mohd Idris' 10-minute brace, his second goal a stunning long range drive which had keeper Junaidi bin Akim beaten hands down, turned the game on its head.

PC5359 Md Saiful Rizal Hj Awg added a third before half-time, with QAF FC looking lost for answers.
MS PDB pulled their foot off the throttle in the second half, encouraging QAF FC to push further forward into their opponents half, and had it not been for the sturdy right hand post, saving keeper LCPL 4673 Md Khairol Amin Hj Zainuddin's blushes on two occasions, the score line would have read 3-3.

MS PDB did not let their guard down entirely, and when a loose ball dropped to the feet of APO 6712 Md Syarafuddin Hamdi Hj Talip, MS PDB caught QAF FC napping once more, the midfielder stringing a pass through to substitute Cpl 4346 Rosmini bin Hj Abu Kahar, who opened his body up to pass the ball into the near post, making it 4-1 in the 65th minute.

Things began to boil over, and reached melting point when Hardi Anak Bujang made a rash challenge, forcing the referee to produce a yellow card.

The referee, thinking it was the midfielder's second yellow of the night, gave Hardi his marching orders, with the QAF FC playmaker in visible distress as he was pulled off the field.

After a near on-field ruckus, and some confusion over the card situation, the referee rescinded Hardi's red card after making the understandable mistake of mixing up Hardi with teammate, Mardi, who had earlier been booked for a similar challenge.

After the significant delay, play resumed, with QAF FC failing to take advantage of the five minutes of added time.

Hardi had a golden opportunity to redeem himself two minutes from the death after being played in by his teammate, but with the entire goal at his mercy, the midfielder struck his effort against the crossbar.

However, had his effort gone in, it would have merely been a consolation for QAF FC's lackluster display, as MS PDB celebrated their first win of the season, which carried them to fourth in the 10-team table.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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