MS PDB come from behind to force draw
Sunday, April 30, 2017
A Tabuan Muda A player (R) dribbles past a Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) player during their DST Super League game at the Berakas Sports Complex tonight.
A Tabuan Muda A player (L) and a Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) player fight for the ball during their DST Super League game at the Berakas Sports Complex tonight.
THE Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) now top the DST Super League after coming from behind to force a 2-2 draw against Tabuan Muda A tonight.
The policemen were trailing 2-0 against the national Under-18 team at half-time but regrouped in the second half to score two unanswered goals, with the equaliser coming in the 85th minute.
MS PDB, who beat Lun Bawang 2-0 in their season opener last Saturday to enter the game at the Berakas Sports Complex third in the 11-team table, have
four points from two games. Kota Ranger FC and Kasuka FC drop down one spot to second and third respectively.
Tabuan Muda A, who were playing in the DST Premier League last season, lost their first game 1-0 to Wijaya FC on Saturday - but tonight’s draw moves from eighth to fifth.
MS PDB were on the defensive for most of the first half and trailed in the 16th minute when Abd Hariz Herman was first to react to a blocked shot by MS PDB goalkeeper Cpl 4673 Md Khairol Amin Hj Zainuddin.
Tabuan Muda A continued to pressure their opponents and Abd Mateen Said made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute when he headed home a cross from Md Hanif Aiman Hj Adanan after a good run down the right flank.
But the national juniors dropped their intensity in the second half and failed to finish off several chances - which ultimately cost them the game.
MS PDB grew in confidence after pulling back to 2-1 when APO 7071 Abd Azim Abd Rashid dribbled past two players and beat Ak Yura at his near post in the 66th minute, and they wrestled control of the game for good when they scored five minutes from time.
“We knew it would not be easy to get three points as Tabuan Muda A are the future national team and have developed well from last year,” said MS PDB coach Staff Sgt Sahrin Mohmad Jaya.
“We weren’t really focused in the first half but we told ourselves we had to attack more in the second half and get some goals,” he added.
His counterpart Takao Fujiwara felt his charges need more games at this level to improve.
“We also needed a third goal to finish the game off,” he said.
“We made too many mistakes and our opponents took their opportunities, so hopefully we learn from this game.”