Tabuan continued their relentless pursuit of a NFABD Under-16 Youth League title after they outplayed FC Phosphor in a 7-0 victory at the NFABD Football Field yesterday.
The national development youth side trail league leaders DPMM FC, who narrowly edged Hawa FT in another match, by a solitary point in second place but with a game in hand.
Tabuan in-form striker Md Syaherrul Affendy bin Md Syahmirul Nizam enjoyed leading the line with four goals to his name to make it nine in his last two league appearances.
There were no surprises with the identity of the goal-scorer when Md Syaherrul Affendy got his side firing with an eighth-minute opener.
The forward was never in doubt of doubling his tally as he exchanged passes with a teammate before coolly dispatched home from close range in the 14th minute.
A smart volley looked to have crept into the near post but FC Phosphor goalkeeper Muhd Syahnizamuddin bin Ardy Iswandy did well to parry the ball away for a corner.
But there was no stopping the rampant Tabuan three minutes later as Awangku Md Idzzaham Alwshahmezan bin Pengiran Metali brilliantly curled home a fine strike after carving space and leaving the FC Phosphor defence in his wake.
Md Syaherrul Affendy completed his hat-trick in the 18th minute, ten minutes quicker than his last match against Setia Perdana, when he rounded the FC Phosphor goalkeeper before slotting home into the empty net.
A reminder of his talents, Muhd Syahnizamuddin prevented his side from conceding double digits with a double save from Muhd Syaherrul and Awangku Md Idzzaham Alwshahmezan. The goalkeeper demonstrated his qualities in the second half when he denied Tabuan substitute Mohd Hazwan bin Hasmi with a one-handed save.
However, Mohd Hazwan finally added his name in the score-sheet in the 50th minute having seen his teammate work his way into a decent position to release the telling pass.
Just a minute later, Md Syaherrul Affendy coasted clear past the FC Phosphor goalkeeper before poking the ball home into the gaping net.
Tabuan star Awangku Md Idzzaham Alwshahmezan belted a screamer into the roof of the net to compound FC Phosphor’s woes six minutes from time.
The Tabuan faithful were tinged with excitement when Md Khairul Hishyam bin Haji Norihwan entered the fray and their support nearly worked to full effect when the substitute had a close shave in getting a goal.