| Fadhil Yunus |
LUN Bawang produced the shock of the season thus far after securing a morale-enhancing 2-0 victory over DST Super League holders Indera SC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Sunday.
The multi-title winning squad were expected to close the gap on current league leaders MS ABDB to only two points but now after a gruelling 90 minutes they found themselves a further five points adrift on an equal footing.
The second defeat in a span of nine days could spell further bad news if MS ABDB can extend their lead to eight points if they win at fourth-placed Wijaya FC.
Zaimi Awat netted via a penalty in the 35th minute for the promoted club while Petrus Jumat sealed the win seven minutes from time.
It was only the Temburong-based club second win of the season which put them within a point of MS PDB, who currently occupy eighth place in the 10-member league.
The affair marked the end of the first round in the DST Super League and the teams will resume their fixtures in the first week of September.
Wijaya FC and MS ABDB will declare the start of the second round open which has been scheduled at the Berakas Sports Complex.
Wijaya are still not out of the title race if they can sneak a precious victory against the army side.
Kilanas FC who has been playing as relegation fodder face a stern test with the visit of third-placed Najip I-Team at the Belapan Track and Field.