| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam national under-19 team got off to a wrong foot in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Championship following a bruising 5-0 defeat to Cambodia at the Gelora Joko Samudra Stadium in Gresik, Indonesia last night.
The Group ‘B’ encounter pit teams desperate for points before meeting the group favourites and it was Cambodia who sent a clear signal of intent after the Bruneian defence failed to track down the run of an opposing attacker who poked the ball narrowly wide.
Brunei’s Muhammad Wafi Aminuddin relinquished possession with a misplaced pass enabling Phach Sochea Villa to collect the ball and unlocked the Brunei defence with a ball over the top.
The Angkor Warriors profited from an error after goalkeeper Awangku Muhd Amirul Hakim bin Pengiran Zulkarnain missed an attempted clearance allowing Narong Kakada to guide the ball into an empty net in the third minute.
Having seen little of a threat in large periods of the game, Brunei would be able to count Abdul Hariz Herman’s low and tame effort from a free-kick as having a shot on target.
From a throw-in, Our Phearun was allowed to turn by his marker before sending a cross to Kheang Menghour who nodded home past Awangku Muhd Amirul Hakim.
Kheang scored his second of the game after easily taking out a defender and drilling a low finish past the goalkeeper.
With the game barely restarted, Cambodia took a 4-0 lead as Awangku Muhd Amirul Hakim was found at fault again after letting a snapshot from Our slip within his grasps.
Cambodia midfielder Long Meng Hav allowed the ball to pass after Brunei midfielder Mohamad Adi Shukry Salleh appeared to be overcommitted with his apparent block and then played a short pass to Our.
Kheang cuts inside Wafi around the edge of the box before releasing a shot and somehow found its way into the bottom corner for his hat-trick.
Narong completed the scoring with a brace in the final minute of normal time after steering the home following good work from Sieng Chanthea who evaded both Mohammad Azirul Asmadi Aji and Mohammad Salleh Hamzah.
Meanwhile in the other Group ‘B’ tie, Timor Leste held group favourites Myanmar to a 2-2 draw.