Monday, January 5, 2015THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) successfully defended their DST FA Cup title after a 2-0 victory over Najip FC last night thanks to goals by second half substitutes Pvt Mohd Baharin Hamidon and Pvt Abd Azizi Ali Rahman.
MS ABDB came out the more aggressive of the two sides, but it was Najip who almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
Abd Azim Abd Rahman delivered a cross from the left to an unmarked Haziman Hj Abd Halim inside the six-yard box, but the latter couldn’t keep his header on target.
Najip got another opportunity in the 31st minute after Noor Raimi Karim@Syahremy put Hamizan through on goal, but MS ABDB goalkeeper Pvt Mohd Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari cleared his line to gather the ball.
MS ABDB could have stolen one in the 38th minute after Pvt Mohd Tarmizi took a quick goalkick while Najip’s players were still retreating.
Sgt (A) Mohd Haizul Rani Metussin received it on the right and managed to get a shot off on the turn but just missed the target.
Pvt Mohd Nur Ikhmal Damit almost got on the scoresheet in the 49th minute after an attempt from 25 yards out curled just inches off the top right corner.
Another chance came for Najip in the 54th minute after a good ball over the top from midfield found Mohd Azri Zahari down the right but the latter was not able to beat Pvt Mohd Tarmizi at the near post.
MS ABDB sent on the duo of Pvt Mohd Baharin and Pvt Abd Azizi in the 68th minute, and it proved to be the difference.
The deadlock was broken in the 75th minute after the Najip backline failed to deal with a ball from the left.
It was flicked onto the path of Pvt Mohd Baharin to fire past Najip custodian Fardillah Hj Md Ali for the lead.
A bizzare moment occurred in the 83rd minute after the referee got in the way of a MS ABDB pass in midfield.
However, he continued play by completing the pass and almost resulted in another MS ABDB goal.
Najip went all out on the attack and it left their backline fragile.
Sgt (A) Mohd Haizul Rani could have taken a shot himself from the edge of the box but slid a good throughball to his right for Pvt Abd Azizi to bulge the net.
A member of DST’s board of directors, Abdul Lattif Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusuf, presented the trophy, prizes and medals.
MS ABDB retained their champion’s trophy, won $5,000 and individual medals.
Najip, meanwhile, took home $3,000, a trophy and individual medals.
The Brunei Times