| Fadhil Yunus |
MS ABDB qualified for this year’s DST FA Cup final after defeating QAF FC 3-1 on a rain-soaked Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.
Despite wet conditions in a late evening kick-off, both teams fought well for a final spot in the country’s premier cup competition.
Affendy bin Hj Akup gave the army side a dream start after opening his team’s account in the 5th minute.
MS ABDB headed into the break with a psychological boost after their second goal was credited with a Hardi Anak Bujang’s own goal deep into the first half.
Hj Mohd Yussof bin Hj Mat Yassin let fly a well executed free-kick for MS ABDB’s third leaving QAF’s goalkeeper Sahan Mumtazli rooted in his spot.
Soon afterwards, QAF FC was reduced to 10 men for what appeared to be an off-the-ball incident. The referee was kept busy brandishing three yellow cards in quick succession after tempers frayed from both set of players.
QAF FC refused to give in and they pulled one back through a clinical finish by Mohd Syafiq bin Jefry in the 71st minute.
MS ABDB should have added a fourth but their captain Ak Mohd Safri bin Pg Othman fluffed his lines with only the keeper to beat.
MS ABDB will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Indera SC and Najip FC which will be contested tonight.