The Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) crashed out of the Piala Keputeraan 2019 after they stumbled to a 5-3 defeat to the Ministry of Development (MoD) at the Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex on Friday night.
The Group ‘A’ game was considered a must-win game for the finance and economy personnel to keep their hopes of progression to the knock-out stages alive.
However, they suffered a setback when they conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game through Pengiran Asrul Asdynee bin Pengiran Sahdon and Abang Muhd Fakhri bin Abang Jaludin.
MoFE, who were in search of their first win since the opening match against current Group ‘A’ leaders Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), faced an uphill battle when Abang Muhd Fakhri grabbed his second of the game and his side’s third in the 21st minute.
MoFE’s in-form forward Mohd Zaim bin Suhaili pulled a goal back for his side in the 40th minute before his second goal of the game in the 55th minute raised hopes of a comeback.
But, two goals in eight minutes through Haji Md Husni bin Haji Damit and Safwan Amaluddin bin Sabli gave MoFE a mountain to climb.
Mohd Faisal bin Ali scored a scant consolation for MoFE in injury time but both the MoFE and MoD were eliminated from the inter-ministry competition.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) denied the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) from joining already-qualified Prime Minister’s Office in the knock-out stages in the first attempt after they hammered them 6-1 at the Berakas Sports Complex.
However, qualification is out of MinDef’s hands as the MFA have a second opportunity to qualify for the knock-out stages if they defeat already-eliminated MoFE in their final group game on October 16.
Anything less than three points will result in elimination with MinDef confirmed with the runners-up spot.
PMO can finish as group winners if they navigate their way past basement dwellers Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) on October 19.
The competition continues with Group ‘B’ matches today with the Ministry of Education (MoE) taking on the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) playing against the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).