Polytechnic ‘B’ fight back to beat KUPUSB ‘B’
| Jake Ten |
BRUNEI Polytechnic ‘B’ left it late to beat KUPUSB ‘B’ 3-1 at the Berakas Track and Field Complex last night in the Group A encounter of the Uni Cup.
Md Aminur Rashid bin Hj Yusly drew first blood with an outrageous opener, starting a dazzling solo run on the left, beating four defenders en route to goal before lashing a shot across the keeper, into the top right corner to make it 1-0 in favour of KUPUSB ‘B’ with half an hour played.
However, their joy was shortlived, as Brunei Politechnic ‘B’ played a short corner, with Abdul Hariz bin Amin’s cross-cum-shot cannoning in off the post to even matters in the 32nd minute, meaning the sides went into the break level at 1-1.
A tedious second half appeared for all the world as if it was going to end goalless, but a couple of blunders which almost proved
costly by both keepers offered either side a chance at an unlikely winner.
It just so happened to be Brunei Polytechnic ‘B’s day, spurred on by the rhythmical drum beat of their travelling band of supporters, substitute Mohd Wafi Hidayat bin Hj Amir Hidayat took aim from a free-kick just inside his opponents half.
If you don’t buy a raffle ticket, you aren’t going to win the lottery, and on this occasion, Mohd Wafi Hidayat’s audacity at even attempting the shot paid dividends, as the ball rifled in to the top corner, sparking wild celebrations and more vicious drum beating as the clock read 89 minutes.
The goal seemingly took all the wind out of KUPUSB ‘B’s sails, and moments later, the points were well and truly in the bag for Brunei Polytechnic ‘B’.
A long ball over the top found Tonny Anak Jau, who shrugged off the challenge of a KUPUSB ‘B’ defender, before caressing the ball gently past the on-rushing KUPUSB ‘B’ keeper in the 90th minute.
The striker had a chance to double his tally just a minute later, but with the goal at his mercy, blazed over from 6 yards out.
It was a fitting end to the game, with the only difference between the two sides; both with an even share of chances, being that Brunei Polytechnic ‘B’ were more ruthless in front of goal.
The result saw Brunei Polytechnic ‘B’ jump to second in Group A, behind UBD ‘A’ only on goals scored, whilst KUPUSB ‘B’s hopes of advancing took another setback, and they will have a lot to consider whilst sitting at the bottom of the table.
The Uni Cup resumes tomorrow, with UNISSA ‘A’ meeting UBD ‘A’ at the Berakas Track and Field Complex at 4pm in Group A, whilst over in Group B, UBD ‘B’ play UNISSA ‘B’ at the Royal Brunei Recreation Club at 4pm and KUPUSB ‘A’ will be looking to avenge their ‘B’ team with a win against Brunei Polytechnic ‘A’ at the Berakas Track and Field Complex in the only night fixture. Kick-off is at 8pm.