| Fadhil Yunus |
MS ABDB midfielder Mohd Baharin Hamidon marked his return to the starting line-up in style after netting a 83rd minute winner in the 1-0 win against Indera SC to help book his team a place in the Brunei DST FA Cup final at the Tutong Sports Complex on Friday.
The army personnel set up a rematch of the 2014 final against Najip I Team, who survived a fiery tie against Tabuan Under-17 in an earlier kick-off at the Track and Field Sports Complex.
The Brunei international, who won his first caps last month at the AFC Solidarity Cup, missed the quarter-final win over Kota Ranger FC through suspension but made a fine return together with teammate for both club and country Razimie Ramlli.
MS ABDB will be playing a record 10th cup final in its current format since 2002 and will be looking to clinch a sixth consecutive cup trophy since the 2005/06 season.
The reigning Brunei DST Super League winners have not tasted defeat in the competition since DPMM FC last appeared in 2004.
The undefeated army personnel should enter the final as favourites after knocking their fiercest rival with Najip having work to do after being pushed all the way by the highly-spirited young Tabuan.
The Brunei DST FA Cup holders nearly did not make it through after staring elimination in the face against Al Idrus Junior when Razimie struck a last-gasp equaliser in the 95th minute to send the game to extra time before scoring the winner himself deep in the second period of extra time.
MS ABDB team manager Major (A) Razanol Hardi Abd Razak also has a fifth major honour in his sights since taking the reins in his current role last year having already lifted back-to-back Brunei DST Super League titles, Brunei DST FA Cup title and the DST Sumbangsih Cup.
The final will take place at the Berakas Sports Complex next Friday with Najip looking to overcome the odds against a side who have yet to concede a defeat this season.
MS ABDB are unbeaten in the last 13 games in all competitions with promoted sides Kota Ranger and Kasuka the only teams which took points off them in the Brunei DST Super League.
The army personnel boast a perfect record against Najip in head-to-head winning all seven matches including the 2014 final and keeping four clean sheets