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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Convincing win for Tabuan Muda

    Tabuan Muda’s Md Nur Syazwan Halidi (L) and Kilanas FC’s Mohd Raimie Hj Mazid vie for the ball during their DST Super League game at the Balapan Track and Field last night. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
Thursday, April 16, 2015

TABUAN Muda (the national Under-23 football team) barged into the win column of the DST Super League after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Kilanas FC last night.

They started their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Jerudong FC butcame up with a commanding perfomance last night and should have scored more.

Mohd Asnawi Syazni Abd Aziz was a constant threat to Kilanas and bagged a brace in the win at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

It didn’t take long for Tabuan Muda to assert command on the match after Mohd Asnawi Syazni got at the end of the corner for a sixth minute lead.

The advantage could have been doubled in the 13th minute after Ak Md Halim Pg Hassan rocked the crossbar with a powerful shot.

Mohd Kamarul Ariffin Hj Zaini was then judged to handle the ball in the box on the rebound resulting in a penalty for Tabuan Muda.

Skipper Md Khairil Shame Suhaimi stepped up to take the ensuing spotkick but was denied by the left post.

Another chance came for Tabuan Muda in the 25th minute after Kilanas goalkeeper Abd Rahman @ Hazmie Hayat Emzah had to deal with an initial shot but Md Nur Syazwan Halidi blasted it over on the rebound.

Mohd Asnawi Syazni delivered a cross from the left but Mohd Shafie Mohd Effendy couldn’t put his volley on target at the far post in the 34th minute.

Mohd Shafie turned provider two minutes later with a cross from the right, but Ak Md Halim Pg Hassan’s volley was also off the mark.

Mohd Nor Hidayatullah Hj Zaini had a good chance to pull one back for Kilanas the next minute but his shot finished at the wrong side of the left post.

Mohd Asnawi Syazni scored his second of the match six minutes after the interval by heading home Saiful Amar Hj Adis’s corner at the near post.

It was 3-0 after Ak Md Halim got to the ball first before the onrushing Abd Rahman @ Hazmie Hayat in the 62nd minute.

Tabuan Muda added to the scoresheet in the 68th minute after a 3-on-1 situation saw Mohd Shafie easily slot it home.

It remained all Tabuan Muda but they couldn’t add to the scoresheet.

Tabuan Muda coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng was delighted to see improvements on his side.

“There is some improvement in terms of the team’s movement. We didn’t want to rush and goals were not the objective,” said Ng in an interview with The Brunei Times after the triumph.

“More importantly it was about how we shape up. It is not about my instructions but the boys have been working hard over the past week,” he added.

When asked about their finishing, Ng replied: “It takes time. We are not a strong attacking side and considering we are to play international competitions like the SEA Games, all out attack shouldn’t be our objective.

“We just have to play a stable game. At the end of the day we have to try and get results at the SEA Games,” he concluded.

The competition continues tomorrow with IKLS FC up against Jerudong FC at the Tutong Sports Complex at 8.15pm.

The Brunei Times

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