| Fadhil Yunus |
Wijaya FC head coach Mahdini bin Mohamad hailed his charges’ performance as the best he had seen undoubtedly this season following an emphatic 4-0 victory over Tabuan Muda ‘A’ in the DST Super League at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.
The head coach was pleased with his side’s performance after putting up more than a fight in handling their opponents’ well-known aggression.
Wijaya climbed to third place in the DST Super League standings, a point above Indera SC but having played more games, after recording their eighth league victory this season.
Tabuan Muda ‘A’, who only had one league victory to their name this season, missed the chance to go seventh and remain hovering around the bottom two.
“This is the best game we’ve seen them played tonight. All this time we have seen them played I have never seen them played like this including past seasons,” said Mahdini in a post-match interview with the Sunday Bulletin.
“We know that Tabuan Muda is aggressive but tonight we were more aggressive than them. We’re (Wijaya) the ones who win the ball off them,” continued Mahdini.
“Tabuan Muda stepped up their game but we stepped up even more,” said Mahdini whose side scored three goals in a 13-minute blitz.
“We will try our best to enhance our game that we’ve displayed tonight in the upcoming games,” he said.
Mahdini added that he saw a transformation in performance from all players compared to previous matches adding that his management were surprised to see how they fared.
“We don’t even look at it if they win or lose because tonight’s game is the best we’ve seen from Wijaya,” concluded the head coach.
Md Marhazif bin Ahad opened the scoring in the 57th minute before Pengiran Anaqi Sufi Pengiran Haji Omar Baki doubled the lead after reacting the quickest to poke home after seeing his initial shot bounced off Tabuan’s goalkeeper Md Haziq Hazwan bin Wahid.
Erni bin Abd Hakim put the game to bed with an absolute screamer in the 85th minute but goalkeeper Md Haziq Hazwan was partially at fault after playing the ball dangerously to a team-mate.
Md Haziq Hazwan was also substituted after conceding the goal with Awangku Md Amirul Hakim bin Pengiran Haji Zulkarnain taking his place. Abd Hakim Mohd Wusliano completed the misery for Tabuan Muda with his side’s fourth of the night deep in injury time.
Tabuan Muda ‘A’s Md Salleh received a booking after a heated verbal confrontation with the linesman after questioning his call not to award a throw-in in his team’s favour.