20 January 2012

Action packed league still up for grabs

Azamri Zainal

Friday, January 20, 2012

THERE has been no shortage of action in this year's DST League with a total of 166 goals from 37 games thus far.

The league will be taking a one-month break to give way to the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, giving the local teams the opportunity to rest, regroup and work on their game.

LLRC FT are sitting comfortably at the top of Group A with 9 points.

They are also the league's highest scoring team with 23 goals, eight of which were a result of their 8-0 thrashing of Youngsters FC on Jan 9.

Their star player, Md Helmie Md Noorazmi currently leads the league in scoring with six goals to his name. Teammate Md Amirul Jafrey Md Norshaney follows closely behind as the third highest scorer in the league with five goals.

Jerudong FC's Md Bazli Md Said shares the recognition of being the league's current top scorer with Md Helmie.

LLRC FT coach Hj Affandi Hj Julaihi told The Brunei Times that they will be using the one-month break to keep their skills sharp.

"We took a week's break from training, and are currently training as usual. We'll continue to play friendlies as well," he said.

"The team still needs to improve during training. We need to be sharper with our finishing touches," he added.

Najip FC, meanwhile, are currently second in the group, with seven points after three matches.

Najip FC's manager Najip Hj Mokhtal said he did not expect the team to start their campaign so brightly.

"We will try to boost our confidence, and perform better. We are focused on joining the Super League. During the break, we will train harder, and will play a friendly against Besar FC on Saturday," said Najip.

Setia Perdana and BIBD FC, sitting in third and fourth place respectively, are piling the pressure on the group leaders.

BIBD's Ak Md Khairul Anwar Pg Md Salleh is currently the club's leading scorer, with four goals.

In Group B, giants QAF FC are currently top of the table with a maximum nine points.

Jerudong FC sits in second, having won all two of their matches so far.

They will be level on points with QAF FC if they win their next game.

Indera FC are top of the group C with six points, while IKLS and Sri Sentosa are second and third with four points each. All three teams have only played two matches so far.

Lying in the shadows is MS ABDB who have only one point after a 2-2 draw against MS PDB (Royal Brunei Police Force's Sports Council) on Dec 10, their only game to date.

Their coach Major (U) Suhaimi Jamali had declared, during the start of the season, that they are once again the team to beat.

Sharing his claim was Indera manager Rosdin Hj Aziz who predicted that MS ABDB and local giants QAF FC would dominate the new league.

In group D, last year's league winners, Majra United, are on top of the group with maximum points gained after two games.

"Majra's performance lately is something to be proud of. But, we do need to work harder to improve our performances. We must maintain our momentum of winning consistently to conquer group D," said Majra coach Hj Mahadi Hj Mat Zain.

Wijaya FC are second in the group, bouncing back from a 1-0 loss against Muara Vella FC in their first league game, before taking the next two to sit on six points.

Menglait FC and Besa FC should not be underestimated though. Both teams currently sit on three points but have two games in hand.

Discipline wise, only two red cards have been shown, with Perkasa's Ali Omar Hj Sulong and RBA FC's Md Nazrul Haddy Hj Bujang the only players sent off in the league so far. The Brunei Times

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