Thursday, January 28, 2010

10-man LLRC tame BAB
Amir Amin

Sunday, January 10, 2010

DOWN to 10 men in the 60th minute, LLRC FT never lifted their foot off the pedal for the Brunei Association of Banks (BAB) to take advantage of winning 3-1 as the DSTGroup Brunei Premier League II (BPL II) continued last night at the Berakas Sports Complex.Though LLRC FT dominated for most of the match, it took them 33 minutes to score the first goal.It occurred when LLRC FT went on the counter with Safuan Juhar slicing a low cross from the right which Hj Annuar Hj Seidil put into the back of the net past BAB goalkeeper, Mohd Nazib Nasrudin.BAB were slow to recover from the goal and LLRC FT took advantage of it three minutes later.No BAB players bothered to pressure Ak Md Azrul Ariffin Pg Matussin, who had the ball. Spotting Md Azri Jebri on the run, Md Azrul delivered a pinpoint low cross which Md Azri pounced on with a diving header, securing the second goal of the night.That was the wake up call that BAB needed.From a corner, the tall Ak Md Khairol Anwar Pg Hj Md Salleh towered over the LLRC FT defence and headed the ball into the net.The spurt of energy that came with the goal was short-lived as LLRC FT continued to pour forward with relentless energy but had to be content with the one goal lead as the referee blew the whistle to mark the end of the first half.It didn't take long for Md Azrul to deliver his second assist of the night. Four minutes into the second half, he delivered a cross for Md Azri to head into the top corner, scoring his second of the night.BAB players were starting to show frustration, but were gifted a lifeline in the 60th minute when LLRC FT skipper, Md Bahrin Hj Sahari, fouled BAB's Md Zahirudin Abd Morad.It was Md Bahrin's second bookable offence and the referee gave him his marching orders.
Though they were down to 10 men LLRC FT did not change their strategy and kept up the pressure.BAB could not find a way to crack LLRC FT's defence line while LLRC FT kept using the speed and trickery of their wingers to split BAB defence open.The second half ended with a freekick taken by BAB's Md Shahrulazzi Hj Awg Lamat, which went well over the bar, failing to trouble LLRC FT goalkeeper, Mohd Haffizan Zainal."The game was okay as we were in control for most of the time," said Ahmad Sazarin Hj Ahmad Sabli, the assistant manager of LLRC FT."I'm not quite satisfied with the refereeing though. I don't think Md Bahrin deserved the second yellow but the referee was pressured by the BAB players, so what can you do."The important thing is we got the three points," he added.The other game of the night saw the Prisons Department pummelling DST Group FC 6-1 at the Balapan Track and Field in Berakas.Md Abu Bakar scored a hat-trick for the Prisons Department while Md Sufrizan, Ampuan Md Endy and Atifuddin scored one each to seal the game for the jailers.Ak Md Abd Halim scored DST's lone goal in the 59th minute.
The Brunei Times


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