Tabuan A defend title
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi Haji Mohd Yussof (L) presenting the championship trophy to Tabuan A captain Daniyal Mohd Zinin after the final of tonight’s NFABD Under-16 Elite Youth Cup at the Balapan Track & Field
Md Aminuddin Hj Masri (C) in action during tonight's NFABD Under-16 Elite Youth Cup at the Balapan Track & Field.
TABUAN A defended their National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-16 Elite Youth Cup title after beating Tabuan B 3-1 in tonight’s final.
Both the junior national teams were evenly matched during the half-time break at the Balapan Track & Field with the score set at 1-1, but second half goals by Md Addy Zaky Billah Hj Awang Raimi and Md Aminuddin Hj Masri secured the national Under-15 team the championship.
Md Aminuddin also won the Man of the Match award and Top Scorer award after scoring 11 goals throughout the 11-team, two-group competition which started on April 28.
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi Haji Mohd Yussof presented the trophies and medals to the players and officials.
Md Danish Shah Behrom Shah opened the scoring for Tabuan B after Tabuan A goalkeeper Md Riyan Aiman Jali misjudged a bouncing ball in the 18th minute.
Tabuan A, who competed in this month’s Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Championship in Thailand and recorded the country’s best ever finish in the competition after picking up five points from five games, equalised in the 25th minute through Md Shafiq Hidayat Al Azim Shahrizam after a 50-50 challenge with Tabuan B goalkeeper Abdul Talifie Talip.
A more defensive-minded Tabuan B then let in two further goals after Md Addy Zaky Billah’s shot from the right flank deflected off Abdul Talifie and hit the left post before rolling into the goal in the 52nd minute and when Md Aminuddin beat Abdul Talifie during a one-on-one eight minutes later.
“Our players concentrated during the final on doing when we practiced during training,” said Tabuan A assistant coach Muhd Edie Fakhri Ajun Abdullah, whose team also leads the NFABD Under-16 Youth League.
“We have been having some really good training sessions, and they paid off,” he added.
Tabuan A beat Projek Ikan Pusu 4-0 in Wednesday’s semi-final while Tabuan B defeated Rimba Star 2-1.