Brunei Darussalam under-16 stars rose to the occasion during Tabuan’s 3-0 win against Bang Dalam FC in the NFABD Under-16 Youth League at the Tutong Sports Complex recently.
The national trio of Ahmad Danish Hakim bin Azami, Md Syaherrul Affendy bin Md Syahmirul Nizam and Awangku Md Idzzaham Alwshahmezan bin Pengiran Metali, were all on target. In particular, Ahmad Danish Hakim, who shifted from his role of supplying crosses to that of a goal-scorer, built on his good form after netting his second goal in consecutive matches.
The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 18th minute before the league leaders killed the tie with two goals in the last 10 minutes through forwards Md Syaherrul Affendy and Awangku Md Idzzaham. A creative outlet in the international scene, Awangku Md Idzzaham is the second player to score a hat-trick for his country in the history of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualification at under-16 level after Muhamad Syahmi bin Rashid.
He achieved the feat during the 5-1 group win against Northern Mariana Islands at the Madya Stadium in Jakarta last month.
Elsewhere, DPMM FC remain hot in the heels of Tabuan after they cruised to an emphatic 7-0 win over FC Phosphor at the Jerudong Park Mini Stadium in Jerudong.
Md Danish Syariee bin Md Masrazni and Awangku Mohd Syafiq Hilmi bin Pengiran Md Shahrom bagged a brace each while the other goals came from Max Charlie Hewitt, Safwan Zawawi bin Sazalee and Md Adrian Zizry bin Md Nor Khairi.
Projek Ikan Pusu gained distance in what has increasingly been a chase for third place after they stormed to a 3-0 win against Kota Ranger FC while fourth-placed Hawa FT dropped points in the goalless draw against Setia Perdana.
Indera SC, who only have one win to show for before last week’s round of fixtures, enjoyed back-to-back victories after their 3-0 win over basement dwellers PMS Junior.
The under-16 youth league is currently on a break until mid-November.