| Fadhil Yunus |
MS ABDB progressed to the semi-finals of the Brunei DST FA Cup 2016 after edging Kota Ranger FC 1-0 at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
Abd Azizi Ali Rahman’s strike in the 47th minute proved enough to settle the contest which saw both sides struggling to cope with the pitch conditions following the early rainfall.
The notable absentees for the army personnel were national team players Mohd Baharin Hamidon and Razimie Ramlli who were ineligible for selection due to suspension.
First choice goalkeeper Mohd Tarmizi Haji Mat Johari, who featured in AFC Solidarity Cup games against Macau and Laos, Haji Mohd Yusof Haji Matyassin and Azizi Ali Rahman all made starts.
MS ABDB’s defender Haji Mohd Yusof Haji Matyassin lurked on the far post but ballooned his shot wide after reacting to a corner.
The army personnel delivered a good cross into the box but Khairuddin bin Mohd Azahari could not guide his header towards goal.
MS ABDB substitute Mohd Safarudin Azami gave chase to a loose ball deep into the second half and almost beat the last defender which would have given him only the goalkeeper in his sights but could not mark his appearance with a goal.
Meanwhile at the Tutong Sports Complex, Indera SC marched to the semi-finals after beating Kasuka FC 3-1.
Awangku Mohd Asrin gave Kasuka a dream start in the 3rd minute but Hamizan Aziz pegged his side back into level terms in the 18th minute.
Afindi Yati’s own goal in the 56th minute turned the tie on its head before Mohd Nur Akmal completed the scoring in the 69th minute.
MS ABDB will meet Indera SC in a mouth-watering clash in the semi-finals of the Brunei DST FA Cup on December 16 while the other semi-final pits Tabuan Under-17 and Najip I-Team.