| Fadhil Yunus |
NAJIP FC reached the final of the DST FA Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Indera SC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.
The intensity of the rivalry was evident as a consequence of their numerous duels in the league but records count for nothing when the two met in the semi-final.
Najip was boosted by the inclusion of Mohd Azri bin Zahari and the national player made an immediate impact in scoring the opener.
Indera levelled proceedings after Mohd Asri bin Hj Aspar scored the equaliser on the 37th minute. However, the joy was short-lived for Indera as Muhd Hanif @ Abd Hadi bin Hamir sparked wild scenes as Najip FC regained the lead.
Najip pressed for a third but the rhythm slowly moved in favour of Indera and Najip had to supress the unrelenting pressure.
There was late a drama near the end of the match when a Najip player was fouled on the box but they missed the penalty.
Unsurprisingly, Najip chose to slow the game down by going to the corner flag. They were in the right place at the dying seconds of the match and the penalty miss did not cost them at the final whistle.
Only MS ABDB now stand in the way for cup supremacy in the DST FA Cup final.