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Monday, September 28, 2015

Azizi bags brace in MS ABDB victory


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    MS ABDB Azizi Ali Rahman (L) in action during a match in the Brunei Darussalam National Games at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas. He scored two goals in MS ABDB’s victory against Tabuan Muda in a DST Premier League match at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday. BT file
     
  • Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) in a group photo during the DST Super League match yesterday. Courtesy of NFABD
Monday, September 28, 2015 

ROYAL Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) cemented their position at the top of the DST Super League with a 3-0 win over Tabuan Muda (national under-23 team) yesterday.

Azizi Ali Rahman bagged a brace while Affendy Hj Akup also found the net in the victory at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

With only five games left, the army men now have collected 36 points, eight points ahead of their closest challenger Indera Sports Club (SC).

“We have five more games left and the title is still up for any clubs to win so we are not going to be overconfident,” said MS ABDB manager Major (A) Razanol Hardi Md Razak in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

“We are going to treat every remaining matches like how we started our first game...we are going to focus on one game at a time.

“Today’s game against Tabuan Muda was a very good example of a play with the right mind and attitude. Tabuan Muda is a younger team than us and they got good younger players, but our players were more experienced,” he added.

Both teams started strongly in the first half but it was MS ABDB who were the first to create a goal scoring chance through Mohd Mazazizi Mazlan, whose shot was tipped over the bar by Tabuan Muda goalkeeper Haime Nyaring.

Tabuan Muda responded a couple of minutes later when Mohd Nadzri Hj Irwan and captain Mohd Shafie Mohd Effendy linked up well in the midfield to set Muhd Haziq Saufee Hj Asli free on the right flank but the latter’s shot went straight into MS ABDB goalkeeper Mohd Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari.

MS ABDB eventually broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when centre back Affendy Hj Akup was left unmarked to head home Adey Shariduan Johari's free kick from the left.

Tabuan Muda could not find way past MS ABDB defence and they resorted to shoot from distance.

Mohd Khairil Shahme Suhaimi, Muhd Haziq Saufee and Muhd Nur Syazwan Halidi all tried their luck shooting from outside the penalty box but they were denied every time by goalkeeper Mohd Tarmizi.

The second half started with Tabuan Muda pressing forward searching for an equaliser but MS ABDB would put their men in the midfield to intercept any passes into their own half.

MS ABDB brought in Azizi at the half hour mark to find the second goal.

The striker nearly scored when his shot from the edge of the penalty box went just wide.

Azizi missed another glorious chance to double MS ABDB lead when he was picked unmarked by Aliuddin Hj Besar at the left post but the striker once again could not find the target.

Azizi however would not miss the third chance slotting the ball home past goalkeeper Haime after being set through inside the penalty box in the 78th minute.

Tabuan Muda were throwing their players forward to look for goals in the final 10 minutes but it was MS ABDB who found the net in the 89th minute through Azizi following a counter attack.

The Brunei Times

Sunday, September 27, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT



Indera down Lun Bawang 2-1


Sunday, September 27, 2015 

DST Super League defending champions Indera Sports Club edged past Lun Bawang 2-1 in a very close match at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.

The victory means Indera are now just five points behind league leaders Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) who have 33 points.

Indera's coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil said that the victory was a very important one for the team following their shocking 2-0 defeat in the first round of the tournament last month.

“It is a very important win for us… It was not an easy game but I am glad that we did not repeat the same result of the first round,” said Hj Omar in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match.

“Lun Bawang have improved so much this year and they got a lot of good young players in the team, so they will only going to get better.

“They played with five midfielders tonight so it was a bit difficult for us to match their strength in the midfield.

“We made some changes in the second-half and I am very happy that we managed to score the second goal,” added the coach.

It was a balanced game from the start with both teams shared equal possession of ball and goal scoring chances. Indera eventually broke the deadlock at the half-hour mark when striker Mohd Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman rose above every one inside the penalty box to head home Ak Mohd Azrul Ariffin Pg Metussin's corner kick from the left.

Midfielder Mohd Nurikhwan Othman had a chance to double Indera's lead when he was given a plenty of space and time to shoot from the edge of the penalty box but his shot went inches wide.
Mohd Nurikhwan was set through inside the penalty box just a minute later but Lun Bawang goalkeeper Azriel Arman bravely came off his line to clear the ball to safety. Lun Bawang striker Amir Bujang made a strong run skipping past Indera defenders but the striker failed to find the target with his weak shot.

Indera went out in the second-half to find the second goal and Mohd Nurikhwan went very close to score when he was picked at right post but his volley hit the side netting.

Lun Bawang striker Amir caused a lot of problem to Indera's defence whenever the ball was on his feet, but he was lacking the support from his team-mates in the attack.

19 year-old Amir eventually found the net in the 59th minute placing the ball into the bottom right corner from outside the penalty box defeating Indera's goalkeeper Mohd Ahsanuddin Hj Mohd Dani.

Petrus Jumat beautiful curling freekick in the 70th minute nearly put the 2014 DST Premier League champions ahead but goalkeeper Mohd Ahsanuddin pulled a finger tip save to deny the midfielder
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Ak Mohd Haikal Pg Zaidi who came on at the start of the second-half rescued Indera scoring from a tight angle from the left to defeat goalkeeper Azriel in the 79th minute. Meanwhile, Najip I-Team defeated Royal Brunei Police Forces Sport Council (MS PDB) 1-0 at the Tutong Sports Complex in another match yesterday.

The Brunei Times

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wijaya coach left fuming after change of venue


Tuesday, September 22, 2015 

WIJAYA FC head coach Hj Lukman Hj Adanan was left fuming over the last minute change of venue of their DST Super League game against the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) last night.

The game, which ended 2-2, was supposed to be played at the Berakas Sports Complex but was changed to the Tutong Sports Complex.

It is understood the reason for the change was the burst floodlight on one side of the pitch at the Berakas Sports Complex which happened during last Friday’s game between Jerudong FC and IKLS FC – the match which was later cancelled due to the technical glitch in the 31st minute.

Hj Lukman highlighted that there was lack of communication from the National Football Association Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) to the club, and he said he expected a more professional approach to the situation from the governing body.

“We have trained and prepared our players for this match at the Berakas Sports Complex. We did not at all expect to go all the way to Tutong, and when we found out at noon today (Monday), we were very unhappy with the decision,” he told The Brunei Times.

“Our players and the management team work during the day, and this issue affected the momentum of our team.

“NFABD should have informed us earlier, at least 24-48 hours prior to match day, not on the match day itself.

“The floodlight issue has been going on since Friday, and there were two matches (Jerudong FC vs IKLS FC on Friday, and Indera SC vs Kilanas FC on Saturday) postponed.

“We wonder why NFABD does not have a back-up plan?

“We expected NFABD to be more organised in assessing this situation.

“The Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas is not being used tonight (Monday night), so why can’t we go there instead?,” he asked.

Hj Lukman hopes the current situation can make NFABD consider a better solution if similar problems arise in the future.

“It is a part of the governing body’s responsibility, and we hope they can find a better solution that can help not just us, but any clubs in the future,” he said.

“Anything can happen. Today the floodlight bursts, tomorrow the field gets flooded… There will be more (problems)… Who knows?
“But as long as NFABD can handle these problems, the better it is for everyone,” he noted.

Ak Anaqi Sufi Pg Hj Omar Baki netted a brace for Wijaya in last night’s win, the result which moves them from fifth to fourth in the 10-team table.

Though they now have the same points (21) and goal difference (10 goals) with Tabuan Muda (national Under-23 team), Wijaya have netted 29 goals to Tabuan Muda’s 26.

MS PDB are seventh with 12 points.

The Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) still lead the table with 30 points from 11 games, and they currently enjoy a five-point lead over two-time defending champions Indera Sports Club.

Najip I-Team are third with 24 points.

The Brunei Times

Monday, September 21, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


Lun Bawang hold Tabuan Muda in 2-2 draw


Tabuan Muda (L) and Lun Bawang players in action during their DST Super League match at the Balapan Track and Field yesterday. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman 
 
Monday, September 21, 2015 

TABUAN Muda (the national under-23 team) were held to a 2-2 draw by Lun Bawang in the DST Super League at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday.

Last season’s DST Premier League champions Lun Bawang were the first to find the net early in the 10th minute of the first-half through Christopher Anak Ambon.

Tabuan Muda managed to level the score in the 61st minute through Abdul Khair Hj Basri before Mohd Amin Sisa made 2-1 to the national under-23 team just 11 minutes later.

Lun Bawang refused to back down as they were pressing for an equaliser and their hard work finally paid off in the 77th minute when Christopher bagged his second goal.

With the draw Tabuan Muda remained in fourth position in the 10-team league table with 21 points, three point behind third-placed Najip I-Team and 12 points behind Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB).

Defending champions Indera Sports Club is second with 25 points, eight points behind the league leaders MS ABDB.

Meanwhile, for Lun Bawang the result was their second draw of the season and they now sit ninth in the table with eight points behind eight placed IKLS FC and ahead of Kilanas FC who have yet to register any point in the tournament.

The tournament continues tonight with a match between Wijaya FC and Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB) at the Berakas Sports Complex at 8.15pm.

Indera SC will go up against Lun Bawang at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Saturday at 8.15 pm.

MS PDB will face IKLS FC at the same time at the Tutong Sports Complex.

The Brunei Times

Sunday, September 20, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


MS ABDB eight points clear at top

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

MS ABDB romped eight points clear at the top of the DST Super League after capturing a 2-0 victory against one of the supposedly title contenders Najip I Team at the Balapan Track and Field last night.

Razimie Ramli’s strike in the fourth minute and Mazazizi Mazlan’s penalty in the 16th minute were enough to inflict a fourth defeat for Najip I Team, which in this form should be enough to make it a two- way horse race for the title.

When the scores have been settled and the rough waves subsided, both teams embraced as a sign of sheer respect amongst each other in a physical and intense bout. For the army side, this was the big clearance in their uninhibited course for finally the title reign they have been fighting for.

There are still games to consider along the way but they are nearly there; it is almost there they can smell the big time.

Every tackle orchestrated the burning passion of every player and even though the level of aggression endangers the protection of the players at times the two rivals tapped each other hands before running separate directions.

Every player understands that the challenges were necessary and they have to bear the bruises of a challenge.
The goalkeeper received medical attention after being involved in an unfortunate incident but was deemed fit enough to resume the game.

Adey Shariduan Johari attempted in-swinging cross nearly found the top corner catching every single player in the box by surprise including the gazing goalkeeper.
A Najip I-Team defender (left) and a MS ABDB player challenging for the ball. - KHAIRIL HASSAN
A Najip I-Team defender (left) and a MS ABDB player challenging for the ball. – KHAIRIL HASSAN

The No 10 playing member lifted the ball with his feet knowing that the perpetrator would apply sufficient contact to warrant a foul from the referee.

Suhaime Yusof directed his header using the back of his head from a trademark Shariduan’s free-kick.

Mushiready Chuchu warrior-like tackle prevented an effort from MS ABDB which highlighted that he was up for the cause.

In a more balanced second half which demonstrated more of a possession game, the visitors were the more likely to add to the tally with Azizi Ali Rahman point- blank header was amazingly saved by Najip’s goalkeeper Fardillah Ali. The danger was not cut out yet but the defence managed to scramble clear for a corner.

Meanwhile, the match between Kilanas FC and Indera SC at the Berakas Sports Complex last night was cancelled due to technical reasons.

MS ABDB continue domination with another convincing victory


MS ABDB players celebrate after scoring their second goal against Najip I-Team during their DST Super League match at the Balapan Track and Field sport complex. Picture: BT/Yusri Adanan 
 
Sunday, September 20, 2015 

THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) secured a solid 2-0 DST Super League win over third-placed Najip I-Team at the Balapan Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas last night.

The army men are now eight points clear on top with 33 points from two-time defending champions Indera Sports Club while Najip remained third with 24 points.

Both teams started off strongly in the offence but MS ABDB’s Pvt Razimie Ramli broke the deadlock just after four minutes of the first half. It was a cross from the first corner of the night by Sergeant Mohammad Haizul Rani Metussin before Razimie headed the ball into the net.

Najip remained vigilant denying chances for the army men. However, in the 16th minute, a careless challenge from Najip’s youngest player Mohd Faiz Fakhrur Razi Muhd Rasyid against MS ABDB’s Pvt Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman inside the box awarded them a penalty.

MS ABDB’s Pvt (U) Mohd Mazazizi Mazlan bagged the second goal with ease.

The 2-0 lead for MS ABDB did not deter Najip, as they kept their composure towards the end of the first half denying the army men chance to score more goals.

The second half saw both teams in a more intense physical match, where a rain of fouls fell for both teams. Najip pushed for a consolation goal and they came close before MS ABDB’s goalkeeper and captain Pvt Mohd Tarmizi Hj Mat Johari denied them in the 73rd minute.

The army men pushed for more goals, but Najip’s goalkeeper Fardillah Hj Md Ali made some good saves, denying them towards the end of the second half.

MS ABDB’s interim manager, Major (A) Razanol Hardi Abd Razak was relieved for the win, and applauded Najip for giving them a challenging match last night.

“We got lucky, Najip was a very tough team to beat tonight. They challenged us especially in the first half. Securing three points is the main goal here but we need to really focus now,” he said in a post-match interview with The Brunei Times.

Major Razanol insisted that he is just carrying the team that was already built by Major (A) Pg Md Farisan Pg Hj Metassan, MS ABDB’s manager, who is currently being outstation to work in Mindanao for a year.

“Major Pg Farisan gave me a fantastic team to manage, so I will do my best to bring glory for the team. I cannot say for sure what will happen in this campaign since it’s only the second game for me, but we will remain focus and treat all remaining games very important,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Indera SC’s manager, Rosdin Hj Abdul Aziz was left disappointed following the cancellation of their DST Super League match against bottom- placed team Kilanas FC last night.

Indera was scheduled to play Kilanas at the Berakas Sports Complex. “We were told the match will be cancelled today around 12 noon. I was disappointed but I thank NFABD (National Football Association Brunei Darussalam) for telling us as early as possible,” Rosdin said.

“The cancellation is affecting our momentum, because our players have been training very hard for tonight’s match, and I wish the organisers have a back-up venue for when incidents such as this one happens,” he added.

The Brunei Times

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jerudong, IKLS game cancelled


Saturday, September 19, 2015 

JERUDONG FC manager Hj Md Jalaludin Hj Ghazali was left disappointed following the cancellation of their DST Super League match against IKLS FC last night. 

Jerudong was leading 1-0 before match officials put the game to a halt in the 31st minute due to a burst floodlight on one side of the pitch at the Berakas Sports Complex. 

After a 30-minute wait, the match was eventually cancelled. The game will now be held at a venue and date which is to be confirmed.

“I was very disappointed with the cancellation. Our players have been training a lot for this game and we could have won tonight if it wasn’t for the burst floodlight,” he said in an interview with The Brunei Times.

“We lost two games prior to tonight’s match, and in those 30 minutes, it (victory) was ours. We had our momentum, but it’s just our luck that the floodlights had to burst. 

“However, I understand that the match officials were doing their job and it was for the safety of our players too,” he added.

The sixth placed team lost their first two second round games against two-time DST Super League defending champions Indera Sports Club and Tabuan Muda (national Under-23 football team).

Meanwhile, IKLS FC manager Hj Md Ali Rahman Hj Sulaiman was delighted at the match’s cancellation, saying that it was a blessing in disguise for the newly promoted team.

“We were down 1-0 with Jerudong consistently attacking us, and I felt that it was a blessing that the match was cancelled,” he said.

“We could have lost… But we have been given a second chance,” he said.

“This also gives us time to reassess our tactics and our gameplay
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“I admit we are not doing so well in the campaign, but any chance we get, we will not waste it,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the DST Super League will resume tonight with league leaders Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) facing third placed Najip I-Team at the Balapan Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. 

Indera will face bottom dwellers Kilanas FC at the Berakas Sports Complex.

The Brunei Times

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wijaya ease past IKLS



An IKLS FC player (R) tries to dribble past a Wijaya FC player in their DST Super League game at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.BT/Zaim Kasmat 
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 

WIJAYA FC beat IKLS FC 4-1 to cement their fifth place position in the DST Super League last night.

Their sixth win of the season puts them level on points with fourth placed Tabuan Muda (national Under-23 team) on 20, but they trail the junior nationals by goal difference.

IKLS, meanwhile, remain eighth in the 10-team league with nine points from 11 games.

Ak Anaqi Sufi Pg Hj Omar opened the scoring for Wijaya in the 12th minute at the Berakas Sports Complex before making it 2-0 in the 33rd minute.

IKLS’ Zool Hasbemi Hj Bahmin pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute, but a penalty from Ak Mohd Asri Pg Azahari five minutes later and a 90th minute goal from former DPMM FC midfielder Hj Mohd Subhi Abdillah Hj Bakir sealed the win.

The Brunei Times

Monday, September 14, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - LEADING GOAL SCORERS


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


Tabuan Muda thrash Kilanas


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    Kilanas FC's Muhd Salleh @ Abd Salam Emzah (L) and Tabuan Muda's Mohd Aimmil Rahman Ramlee vie for the ball during the match at the Berakas Sports Complex yesterday. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
     
  • Kilanas FC's Muhd Salleh @ Abd Salam Emzah (L) and Tabuan Muda's Mohd Aimmil Rahman Ramlee (R) vie for the ball during their DST Super League match at the Berakas Sports Complex yesterday. BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Monday, September 14, 2015 

THE National Under-23 Youth team, Tabuan Muda, scored an emphatic 5-2 victory over bottom dweller Kilanas FC in a DST Super League match at the Berakas Sports Complex yesterday.

The win helped Tabuan retain their fourth place in the table with 20 points, four points behind Najip I-Team who edged past Lun Bawang 2-1 in a close match at the Balapan Track and Field at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

Tabuan started off strongly in the beginning of the first half and broke the deadlock just four minutes into the game.

Md Nur Syazwan Halidi scored his first goal of the day from a counter-attack, chipped against the Kilanas’ goalkeeper Mohd Hasdattul Anirull Rizam Hassan.

The early goal from the young squad did not deter Kilanas and surely enough a swift counter from Kilanas’ Mohd Nor Hidayatullah Hj Zaini shot the ball at the side of the goal making it 1-1 in the 23rd minute.

The equaliser did not last long for the struggling Kilanas team, as Tabuan’s Md Nur Syazwan bagged his second goal of the day two minutes after, confirming that the team’s goal attempts were effective making it 2-1.

The two conceding goals did not falter Kilanas’ spirit and they remained defensive towards the end of the first half.

The second half saw a ruthless form from the young wasps, as Mohd Asnawi Syazni Abd Aziz scored in the 53rd minute after an assist from Md Nur Syazwan.

Tabuan’s Muhd Haziq Suafee Hj Asli showed no mercy and took the opportunity after a defence error from Kilanas in the 75th minute making it 4-1.

However, Kilanas’ poor form was confirmed after Muhd Nur Syazwan scored a hattrick in the final minute of the second half, sealing three points for the young national team.

Kilanas nonetheless pushed for a last minute consolation goal, and was granted a penalty after a bad challenge from Tabuan’s Ak Muhd Shobri Pg Ibrahim in the last minute of the game.

Kilanas’ Muhd Syafiq Hj Muhd Hisham took the penalty with ease just before the whistle was blown with the final score of 5-2.

In a post match interview with The Brunei Times, Tabuan Muda’s Head coach, Stephen Ng Heng Seng said that the win gave good momentum for his young team though he was not happy in the first half before changing his tactics in the second half.

“It was a good game today, but I wasn’t happy with the performance in the first half. We put in three new young players as what we tend to do in our games.

“It was a risk, but after we reassessed our tactics for the second half and surely enough, we saw more goals,” he said.

The coach also remains focused on the recruitment and development of his team, but now looks forward for the DST FA Cup.

“We have seven games to go, but we will focus on recruiting more youngsters and developing them. The DST FA Cup is coming and we are looking forward to that,” the coach said.

“More competitions means more exposure for them and that is our objective,” he concluded.

The DST Super League continues tonight at 8.15pm with Wijaya FC taking on IKLS FC at the Berakas Sports Complex.

The Brunei Times

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Indera win after two late goals

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    Indera SC’s Ak Md Azrul Ariffin Pg Hj Metussin (R) dribbles the ball as Jerudong FC’s Yansen Efendi (L) looks on during their DST Super League game at the Berakas Sports Complex last night. BT/Zaim Kasmat

Saturday, September 12, 2015 

INDERA Sports Club came from two goals down to beat Jerudong FC 4-3 in the DST Super League at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.

The victory means that the defending champions remain five points adrift of leaders Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB), who cemented their position at the top of the table after defeating Royal Brunei Police Forces Sports Council (MS PDB) 4-0 in the night’s other game at the Tutong Sports Complex.

Indera started off strongly with Ak Mohd Haikal Pg Zaidi curling a shot wide in the second minute.

Jerudong were no pushovers, responding in the 12th minute when midfielder Mohd Mardi Mirza Abdullah Bujang struck the post from 20 metres out.

Left-back Muiz Sisa and winger Ak Mohd Azrul Ariffin Pg Metussin linked up very well for Indera and posed threats from the left flank.

Meanwhile, Indera’s playmaker Mohd Nurikhwan Othman was playing behind striker Mohd Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman in attack.
Jerudong could not find way past Indera's defence led by centre-back Afi Aminuddin early in the first half, and they resorted to shooting from distance to try their luck against Indera’s fourth choice goalkeeper Abdul Hadi Timbang.

Mohd Hamizan skipped past four Jerudong players before unleashing a shot from the right, but Jerudong goalkeeper Mohd Sophian Mat Said calmly collected the ball.

Mohd Hamizan would not squander the chance a minute later when he headed home Muiz’s cross from the left to put Indera ahead.
In a bizarre turn of events, Jerudong leveled 1-1 in the 45th minute through Mohd Mardi Mirza.

Indera’s goalkeeper Abdul Hadi failed to properly control Mohd Mardi Mirza’s fair play pass from 20 metres out, and the ball went through Abdul Hadi legs and into the net.

Indera came out determined to regain the lead in the second half but they were shocked by Jerudong in the 49th minute.
Rienel Ruani made a brilliant run behind Indera’s defence following a swift counter attack, and the winger calmly slot the ball past Indera’s goalkeeper.

Indera were 3-1 down just four minutes later and their goalkeeper was once again to blame when he failed to tip away Hardi Bujang’s weak shot from outside the penalty box.

Indera brought in strikers Sam Frank and Mohd Zulkhairy Razali as they were desperate to get back into the game.

Frank made an immediate impact for Indera by pulling one goal back in the 73rd minute when scoring from inside the penalty box.
Indera were a different team with inclusion of Frank, and they attacked relentlessly with the tall striker being their target man.

With Frank making his presence felt upfront, Mohd Hamizan Aziz and Mohd Nurikhwan were allowed to make their runs from both flanks.

Mohd Nurikhwan scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute by blasting the ball into the net following a scramble in front of the goal post.

Indera refused to settle for a point and they would score the winner just four minutes later through Frank.

Muiz Sisa set Mohd Hamizan Aziz into the penalty box and the latter unselfishly set Frank up at the far corner for a tap-in.

It was another hard fought victory for Indera following their 4-3 comeback victory on IKLS on Monday, but the club’s head coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil was pleased with the team’s performance.

“We were fantastic throughout the game… Jerudong are a very good team but all the goals that we conceded were soft goals,” the coach told The Brunei Times.

“Our goalkeeper Abdul Hadi is actually very good, he just needs more game time and we need to believe in him.

“Mohd Nurikhwan controlled the game very well in midfield tonight and Sam was just fantastic.

“We made a tactical change after Jerudong scored the third goal… 

We put Sam and Mohd Zulkhairy in to strengthen the attack and the strategy paid off,” he added.

The Brunei Times

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lucky win for Indera SC


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    An IKLS FC player (L) attempts to dribble past an 
    Indera SC player in their DST Super League game at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.BT/Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
     
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 

TWO-TIME DST Super League defending champions Indera Sports Club (SC) snapped a two-game losing streak after coming back from two goals down to beat IKLS FC to move up to second last night.

Coming off loses to league leaders Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) and Lun Bawang at the end of the first round, Indera needed a win against the newly promoted IKLS in their first game of the second round to cut into MS ABDB’s eight-point lead.

Indera had a bad first half and trailed 2-0 in the 39th minute before a penalty from Muhammad Asri Hj Aspar set the half-time score at the Berakas Sports Complex at 2-1.

IKLS made it 3-1 in the 64th minute before a brace from Indera’s Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman and a 81st minute goal from Muhd Nur Ikwan Othman sealed an improbable win.

“We were lucky tonight,” admitted Indera manager Rosdin Hj Abdul Aziz.

“Tonight’s game has shown us the form we are currently in. We lost two games in the last round, and we barely won this one.

“It was good to come back from 3-1 down and our players’ team spirit earned us the three points. 

“We changed our tactics in the second half and it paid off, but we should have done that from the beginning,” he added.

The win leaves Indera with 22 points from 10 games, with Najip I-Team shifting down to third with 21 points. MS ABDB have 27 points from 10 games.

Commenting on the title race, Rosdin said it was still too early to tell how the team will finish.

“Right now we can’t say for sure because we have to see how we fare game by game,” said the manager,

“MS ABDB are in strong form right now… We’ll see how it goes,” he added.

IKLS FC dominated Indera in the first half and got in front when Ak Mohd Abd Halim Pg Hj Hassan chipped goalkeeper Candra Budianto in the 20th minute before Muhammad Hafiy Danan scored a volley in the 39th minute.

Things were looking grim for Indera until a bad challenge from an IKLS defender resulted in a foul against Muhammad Asri, who stepped up to score from the penalty spot late in the first half.

Indera substituted Candra with Abdul Hadi Timbang at the start of the first half, with defender Ak Nurul Aleshahnezan Pg Metali also making way for midfielder Ak Mohammad Haikal Pg Zaidi. 

Despite conceding again after a set-piece in the 64th minute, Indera regained some momentum when striker Hamizan scored from headers in the 70th and 78th minutes – with both assists coming from Ak Mohammad Haikal. 

Muhd Nur Ikwan would eventually break the deadlock with a chip nine minutes from time to seal the titleholders a valuable win.

Indera will face Jerudong FC at the Berakas Sports Complex on Friday while MS ABDB take on the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) at Tutong Sports Complex on the same night.

Both games are set for 8.15pm.

Najip I-Team, meanwhile, meet Lun Bawang at the Balapan Track & Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 4pm.

The Brunei Times

Monday, September 7, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - LEADING GOAL SCORERS


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


Tabuan Muda edge past Jerudong FC



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    Jerudong FC’s Reniel Ruani (L) controls the ball during the match against Tabuan Muda during their DST super league match at Balapan Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex yesterday. BT/Zaim Kasmat
Monday, September 7, 2015 

THE National Under-23 Youth team, Tabuan Muda, emerged victorious 2-1 against Jerudong FC in a close DST Super League match at the Padang and Balapan Complex, Berakas, yesterday.

Both teams shared points prior to this game with Tabuan in fifth place, above Jerudong FC with a goal difference of seven. The victory helped Tabuan share the fourth place with Wijaya FC. 

Tabuan started off strongly in the beginning of the first half and created several chances to challenge the Jerudong team. 

Tabuan’s Muhd Nur Syazwan Halidi broke the deadlock with an easy chip into goal in just 10 minutes into the game after a defence error from Jerudong with an assist from Tabuan’s captain Mohd Shafie Mohd Effendy. 

The goal did not deter Jerudong as they defended well towards the end of the first half, challenging the youngsters through their counter attack, but failed to find the back of the net.

The second half saw Tabuan Muda pushing for another goal and Muhd Nur Syazwan bagged his second goal of the day after a blunder from Jerudong’s goalkeeper Mohammad Shopian Mat Said. With confidence booming for the young wasps, Jerudong counter-attacked but their momentum was disrupted followed by a challenge from Tabuan’s Mohd Asnawi Abdul Aziz. 

A freekick was awarded right outside of the wasps’ box, and a header cross from the freekick by Jerudong’s Mohammad Bazli Mohammad Said gave a consolation goal for Jerudong.

While speaking to The Brunei Times, Tabuan Muda’s Head coach, Stephen Ng Heng Seng said that the win was a good morale boost for his young team. The coach said his focus was on the development of the team for international competitions than winning the DST Super League campaign itself. “Winning the game today is a good exposure and it’s a good morale booster for our side. The focus though is not the campaign now, but the upcoming competitions such as the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Tournament next year and in 2017, the Under-22 AFC (The Asian Football Confederation) games.” “From this league, we want to recruit more youngsters, and to see where they are at this stage and what are their shortcomings because we want to prepare as early as possible. We are looking at the development of their performance in the long term than just in the campaign itself,” he added.

The DST Super League continues tonight at 8.15pm with IKLS FC taking on two-time defending champions Indera SC at the Berakas Sports Complex.

The Brunei Times

Sunday, September 6, 2015

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - RESULT


DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING


Police side come out with all guns blazing


|     Khairil Hassan     |

ROYAL Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) crushed Lun Bawang FC 4-0 in the DST Super League yesterday evening at Berakas Sports Complex in Brunei-Muara District.

Md Bohari bin Md Hassan scored the first goal in the 10th minute, followed by Md Syarafudin Hamdi bin Hj Talip (58th), Md Faiq bin Ramlee (73rd) and Md Fazizzul bin Hussin (81st).

Meanwhile, Najip I beat Kilanas FC 2-1 at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium Sports Complex.

Najip drew first blood via Mohd Azri bin Zahari just before half-time.

 
Najip and Kilanas players vying for the ball. – KHAIRIL HASSAN
A MS PDB striker attempts a shot at goal
A MS PDB striker attempts a shot at goal

However, Kilanas FC equalised in the 67th minute through Pg Khaiirullizam bin Pg Bungsu.

Their joy was shortlived as Abdul Azim bin Abdul Rahman grabbed Najip’s winner just a minute later.

Najip I-Team move to second spot


Sunday, September 6, 2015 

NAJIP I-Team secured a narrow 2-1 win over bottom dweller Kilanas FC in the DST Super League second round match at the Padang and Balapan Sports complex Berakas, last night.

Kilanas held Najip throughout the first half displaying strong defence and brilliant goalkeeping by Mohd Hasdattul Anirull Rizam Hassan. 

However, a last minute goal in the stoppage time from Najip’s Mohammad Azri Zahari broke the deadlock by heading from a high cross from Muhd Karimurrizal Kasmi outside the box.

The second half saw Kilanas FC pushing for an equaliser, and surely enough, a fumble from Najip’s goalkeeper and captain Fardillah Hj Md Ali who failed to clear, delivered an opportunity for Kilanas FC’s Pg Khairullizam Pg Bungsu to bag his goal of the night in the 67th minute.

A minute later, a bad challenge from Kilanas’ Abd Qohar Isa Ibrahim gave a freekick for Najip right outside the box and gave Najip’s Abdul Azim Abdul Rahman to score a straight shot into the goal. 

The goal helped secure three points for Najip I-Team placing them second in the table with 21 points, two points ahead of defending champions Indera SC.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Najip I-Team coach Zulkipli Hj Abu Bakar has expressed mixed feelings with his win and has rued the missed chances from his side.

“We won but it was a narrow win with three points which is important at the moment, but we should have scored more goals. 

We need these goals because of our low goal differences. Kilanas did a great job in their defending, as in the last round we won 4-1 against them, but tonight they gave us quite a challenge.”

Zulkpli has emphasised the huge gap between their games broke their momentum, and any win at this stage is crucial in their campaign. 

“We haven’t played in over a month and that disrupted a bit of our momentum. We want to showcase a good game but it is not helping if we have such huge gaps in our schedules. We hope the NFABD (National Football Association of Football Brunei Darussalam) can see that,” he said.

Meanwhile, The Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) battered Lun Bawang 4-0 in a match played at the Berakas Sports Complex placing them in seventh place and Lun Bawang dropped down to ninth in the table.

Jerudong FC will face off the national team Tabuan Muda today at 4pm held at the Padang and Balapan Sports complex Berakas.

The Brunei Times

DST SUPER LEAGUE 2015 - STANDING