The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (MS ABDB) came from behind to win the DST Charity Shield for the third time after beating Indera Sports Club (SC) 2-1 tonight.
A second-half brace from Sld Razimie Ramlli helped the army men turn around a 1-0 half-time deficit at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas to get their DST Super League title defense off to the right start.
Indera, who finished as runners-up in the DST Super League last season, were the brighter side in the tournament’s curtain-raiser.
MS ABDB were on the back foot in the opening minutes and Indera got in front after Md Asri Hj Aspar converted a penalty which he earned after being brought down in the box by Sld Mohamad Sani in the 19th minute.
MS ABDB shifted gears in the last 10 minutes of the half and pressed Indera well but were unable to force an equaliser.
The soldiers came out in the second half with renewed purpose and the introduction of Sld Mazazizi Mazlan and L/Cpl Suhaime Hj Md Yussof mid-way through the period gave them a burst of energy.
Sld Razimie equalised for MS ABDB with a glancing header off a corner kick in the 63rd minute, and as Indera tired, Sld Razimie pounced on a blocked shot from teammate Sld Fadhli Hj Awg Salleh to tap home the winning goal in the 87th minute.
Indera had a golden chance to force the game into extra-time when the ball fell to Md Zulkhairy Razali after MS ABDB were unable to clear their lines late in the game, but he lost his composure and blasted the ball wide of an empty goal.
“The spirit in this team to win the DST Super League is now strong,” said MS ABDB coach Sgt Hj Mesli Hj Dullah
“Since I’ve been a coach here, for more than two years…. I hope I have been able to bring this team one step higher.
“We strengthened our midfield in the second half and we controlled space better. We knew that where there were gaps, we had to fill them up.”
The trophy was presented by DST Assistant General Manager of Group IT Services Awang Amir Pehin Datu Pekerma Bijaya Col (Retd) Dato Paduka Hj Hussin.
Also in attendance during the game was Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah.