| Fadhil Yunus |
MD AZRI helped MCYS single-handedly to tear apart JBS ‘C’ in a lopsided encounter in the 4th Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Deputy Minister Cup Futsal Championships at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex last night.
Md Azri clinically dispatched two first-half efforts before executing a fine third after a well- timed run. Ak Husni joined in the act with a fourth to finish off a fine collective team play.
The team’s star player rounded a fine display of football fundamentals in an indoor court with a sublime touch of purpose embodied with steely defensive duties and tactical acumen.
After team-mate Pg Suhaimi got subbed off for some changes, who contributed with two excellent assists, Md Azri dropped to tidy up the defence and he immensely did so bar an effort that Daun of JBS ‘C’ could have scored.
The tournament’s curtain raiser saw JBS ‘A’ emerged 2-1 winners over JBS ‘B’.
Both sides attempted to embarrass the opposing keepers with overly ambitious strikes though it may be argued that a JBS ‘B’ player may just have hit a fortunate deflection which ended above the bar.
Sufri made his team tick with a couple of unselfish layoffs and was duly rewarded when he converted a fine header into the far post for a half-time lead.
Sufri did put another at the back of the net but the referee decided to award a penalty following an earlier incident after the keeper tangled with Hj Helmi. Calm and composed, Hj Helmi simply struck the ball cleanly for his team’s second.
M S Johan drilled home a fine effort for JBS ‘B’ late on but was not enough to rescue his side.
Other teams that featured last night include the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP), Community Development Department (JAPEM) and History Centre.