| Fadhil Yunus |
Kota Junior delivered a master-class performance in an 8-0 annihilation of Mixed Star FT to secure a second successive victory in the Brunei Futsal League at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.
Ever since putting fierce rivals Shah United to the sword in week one, the club have gone from strength to strength and reprises the role of leading team in this competitive league.
This was a performance worthy of establishing a title-winning squad even though tough fixtures are yet to follow especially MS ABDB waiting on the horizon. Pegastar and Arbisyam United are decent teams too but on the evidence of last night’s match, they are indeed a team to beat.
Statistics revealed that Kota Junior recorded 83 per cent in terms of conversion rate in the second half with only two shots missing the target.
Md Nor Azizam set the ball rolling in the 4th minute before returning to the score-sheet in the 12th minute.
The first-half score-line suggested that Mixed Star only needed a goal to be right back into the match.
However, the two-goal cushion turned out to be the incentive to engineer one of the perfect and most one-sided 20-minute halves in a futsal match.
Maziri bin Maidin stormed out of the blocks to hammer home Kota Junior third while Md Nor Azizam finally scoring his hat-trick in the 22nd minute.
Md Farhan basically kept the ball unmoved for Ak Md Naqib to complete a stunning move with a tidy finish.
For the fans that packed the hall to a capacity crowd, Kota Junior’s combined shape and structure was simply a joy to watch.
The way they shift play from left to right before Md Nor Azizam setting up a killer pass for Md Basir to produce an instinctive finish demonstrated the team’s quality.
It was not just a perfectly organised team move that gave the audience a demonstration of a master-class as Ak Md Naqib breezed through players with ease before slotting an icy cool finish.
The night-mare was not quite over but it was when Abd Muinuddin joined the act with a goal that confirmed the success of their strategy thanks in part to the coaching setup.