Thursday, January 28, 2010

LLRC FT spoil goalkeeper's day
Jason Thomas
Saturday, January 16, 2010

MD FAKHRUL Zulhazmi Yussof yesterday became the first goalkeeper to score in a DSTGroup Brunei Premier League match, but Liang Lumut Recreation Club Football Team (LLRC FT) rained on his parade.
The ex-Majra FC shot-stopper scored Brunei Youth's (Under-16) only goal in their 3-1 loss to BLP II league leaders LLRC FT, netting from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute after Md Taufiqillah Abd Hamid was brought down in the box by LLRC FT's goalkeeper.Though Muhd Nabil Fikri Hj Yusuf guessed correctly, the confident Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi who also took a free-kick for the team made no mistake from the spot and fired home with a powerful shot to the top right corner at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.Safuan Juhar gave promotion contenders LLRC FT the lead after only three minutes when he controlled a cross from the right and scored from inside the box.The muddy pitch made it hard for both teams to get their passing game into gear, though there was no denying that LLRC FT were in the driving seat for the whole 90 minutes playing most of the first 45 minutes inside Brunei Youth's half.Making numerous school-boy errors, Brunei Youth failed to stamp their authority in midfield and were second best in the air.Hj Annuar Hj Seidil rounded Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi five minutes from the break and could have made it 2-0 if not for the right post.Safuan restored LLRC FT's lead two minutes after the restart when he breezed past two defenders and unleashed a curling left-footed shot which beat a dumbfounded Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi at the near post the goalkeeper probably expecting a cross.Substitute Abd Rahim Sofian nearly equalised for Brunei Youth a few seconds after coming on to the pitch in the 55th minute but his shot hit the left side-netting after Muhd Nabil had saved the first attempt.Mohd Shah Hafiz Kipli could have made it 3-1 several minutes later after he nutmegged a player and completed a one-two with Md Khairul Azri Hj Bujang if not for a weak finish.LLRC FT finally got their third when Mohd Shah Hafiz received a pass from the right and shot past Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi in the 78th minute.LLRC FT's coach said he was pleased with the win, especially since they only have three games to go until the close of the season."Our players were a bit slow in the first half but in the second half I asked them to apply pressure and push Brunei Youth more," said LLRC FT's coach Hj Affandi Hj Julaihi."We have three games left and our next match is against P Lun Bawang (on Jan 24). They will be tough to beat," he concluded.The other match of the afternoon saw Menglait FC and Muara Vella FC play out a 2-2 draw at the Berakas Sports Complex.Last night's game between the Prisons Department who are second in the league with 14 points and now trail LLRC FT by five points and Perkasa was postponed due to the poor condition of the pitch at the Berakas Sports Complex.The day's only BPL I match, pitting AM Gunners FC against Brunei Shell Football Team, was also postponed due to the same reason.
The Brunei Times


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