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Monday, April 20, 2015

MS ABDB secure comfortable win

A MS ABDB player (C) dodges past a Tabuan Muda player (R) during the match last night. Hj Mohd Ali Hj Ibrahim 
Monday, April 20, 2015

THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) kicked off their DST Super League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Tabuan Muda (the national under-23 football team) last night.
Goals by Pvt Budiman Jumat and L/Cpl Ak Mohd Safri Pg Hj Othman in the first half sealed all three points for the armymen at the Tutong Sports Complex.

Pvt Budiman broke the deadlock in the 17th minute after getting at the end of a through ball to fire past Tabuan goalkeeper Ahsanuddin Hj Mohd Dani.

The forward got another opportunity in the 25th minute after finding space inside the box but fired just wide.

Tabuan Muda put up a string of good passes in the 33rd minute to set Mohd Rakin Ramli through on goal but MS ABDB custodian Pvt Mohd Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari came off his line to close out the shot.

Pvt Mohd Fadhli Hj Salleh headed a freekick on target two minutes later but his effort was caught by Ahsanuddin.

Tabuan Muda had a good chance in the 41st minute after Mohd Hanif@Abdul Hadi Hamir threaded the MS ABDB backline with a pass but Mohd Rakin failed to get a good touch resulting in Pvt Mohd Tarmizi collecting the ball.

MS ABDB doubled their lead just before the halftime whistle after L/Cpl Ak Mohd Safri headed home Pvt Budiman’s freekick from the left.

The armymen could have added to their tally just four minutes after the interval but the ball was cleared off the line by Tabuan Muda.

The national under-23 side could have got one back in the 62nd minute but Pvt Mohd Tarmizi got his fingertips to a shot on target.

Pvt Budiman should have notched a second of the match the next minute after left unmarked from inside the box but he couldn’t put it on target.

Tabuan Muda were awarded a penalty after Mohd Shafie Mohd Effendy got the better of three MS ABDB markers before getting tripped in the box.

Mohd Asnawi Syazni Abd Aziz stepped up to take the spot kick but was denied by Pvt Mohd Tarmizi.

It was the second straight game that Tabuan Muda failed to convert from the 12-yard spot.

MS ABDB went on the attack again in the 78th minute after L/Cpl Mohd Baharin Hamidon broke down the right but he fired straight at Ahsanuddin.

The armymen should have added to the scoresheet just before the final whsitle after a defensive error by the Tabuan Muda backline gifting Pvt Razimie Ramli possession.

The latter rifled his shot from inside the box but it bounced off the right post.

MS ABDB manager Major Pg Farisan Pg Metassan was delighted with the win and knows there is still a long way to go for the two-time runners-up

“We got the win against a good team,” said Major Pg Farisan in an interview with The Brunei Times after the triumph.

“It is a good start to our season but it is still very early and we are still fine tuning our team with some new faces,” he added.

On the other hand, Tabuan Muda head coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng felt that this was a good test for them.

“They (MS ABDB) are a very good team for us to play against," said Ng.

"I thought we played better in the second half and dominated but the game was already lost in the first half,” he added.

The competition continues tomorrow with two-time defending champions Indera SC kick off their title defence against IKLS FC at 8.15pm at the same venue.

The Brunei Times

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