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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Not two far — MS PDB mount gallant fightback for draw

|     Fadhil Yunus     |
MS PDB staged a second half comeback after recovering from two goals down during the 2-2 draw against Tabuan Muda ‘A’ in a thrilling encounter in the Brunei DST Super League at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
Abd Hariz bin Herman and Abd Mateen bin Said have provided Tabuan Muda a two-goal lead at the break but an effort five minutes from time denied the youths victory after Abd Azim bin Abd Rashid’s goal has earlier handed MS PDB a reprieve in the 66th minute.
The police personnel preserved their unbeaten record with all their goals coming in the second half this term while Tabuan Muda ‘A’ remained in the hunt for their first league win this season.
Tabuan Muda ‘A’ head coach Takao Fujiwara admitted that the third goal would have killed the tie.
“We should have ended the contest with a third goal. If we had scored the third goal, this game is already crossed off,” said Takao in a post-match interview.

Players vie for the ball. – KHAIRIL HASSAN
“Once we’ve had too many mistakes, then for sure our opponents had opportunities,” he added.
“It’s not only about protecting the lead and stay at 2-0. We always think about an international match,” said Takao.
The Japanese accepted that competitive games like the league fixtures and more training sessions would only bode well for the future adding that they need more experience.
Meanwhile, Takao’s opposite number MS PDB head coach Staff Sgt Sahrin Mohamad Jaya expected a tough match against a young Tabuan Muda side.
“We don’t think that it is easy to get three points tonight as Tabuan Muda is a future team for the national team,” said Sahrin.
“They (Tabuan Muda ‘A’) have developed from last year and looking at the game it has certainly been the case.”
He revealed that his charges lacked concentration and lost focus in the first half prompting him to instruct his charges to adopt an attacking play during the half-time team talk.

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