| Fadhil Yunus |
TABUAN U-18 were denied by the post and a costly miss from three yards as Kasuka FC escaped defeat in a goalless draw in the DST Premier League at the brightly-lit Berakas Sports Complex last night.
It was a different kind of drama than the last one which happened here caused by a long delay to kick-off due to floodlight failure.
There was strong support underlined by the presence of key people in the nation’s football governing body with coach Kwon Oh-Son busy in the touchline providing instructions to his young charges.
Given evidence from the last quarter of the match, Tabuan should have gotten a goal based on their possession alone but Kasuka just about did enough to hold on for a draw although they could have snatched a goal themselves on the counter.
The referee was not shy brandishing yellow cards to the Tabuan players’ one for unnecessarily kicking the ball away.
Tabuan also had a penalty appeal turned down with the referee seeing nothing wrong with a challenge.
The intensity and fierceness of the game was evident with both set of players determined to steal possession and build from scratch.
The developmental team could have grabbed the winner but completely miscued a shot from all of three yards after an ambitious drive had initially brushed against the post.