| Fadhil Yunus |
Jerudong FC progressed to the third round of the VFA FA Cup at the expense of MS PDB after emerging 5-4 penalty shoot-out winners with the score tied 1-1 at normal time at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium of the Police HQ yesterday.
The police side carried a slender advantage heading into the interval after Md Kamaluddin Abdullah had given his side the lead a minute before the end of the first half.
MS PDB’s Mohd Azri Abdullah evaded the attention of a defender with the help of his quick feet but dragged the ball harmlessly into the arms of Jerudong’s shot-stopper Johairee Hj Bakar.
Jerudong’s best chance fell in the second half via a free- kick on the edge of the box. Awg Ali Awg Hj Rashid set up his comparatively younger team-mate, 41- year old Hj Shahminan Hj Damit whose rasping drive brushed against the crossbar.
The visitors clearly had the upper hand and they took full use of their momentum when Awg Ali popped up with the equaliser at the hour mark.
As the police side grew in confidence, Md Hazim Abdullah found space to fire a well-struck effort but the Jerudong keeper was equal to the task tipping the ball to safety.
MS PDB had pace and energy as their best assets with Shahrani Ibrahim’s lung- busting runs causing problems to the Jerudong’s defence despite giving the ball away far too casually on a couple of occasions.
The versatile MS PDB captain Puncha Gunung tried everything to lift his team to victory by winning a corner, starting the break from defence and lastly seeing his flying header directed straight to the keeper all within five minutes of the final whistle.
Menengah FC’s winless drought continues after succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Stoneville FC at the Temburong Sports Complex in Batu Apoi.
Sabtu Sitai 23rd minute goal in between Idris Lupat’s double in the 9th and 40th minutes completed the misery for Menengah with Amp Rahim and Amp Sabli scoring a mere consolation.
There were no surprises at the Menglait Sports Complex as President’s Cup holders XN FT thrashed Oldstock FC 6-0 with the in-form Radiman Hj Abd Rahman scoring five goals. Pg Sallehudin Pg Hj Damit returned to the score-sheet again in the 35th minute.