08 December 2011

LLRT show no mercy in 4-1 win

Azamri Zainal

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LLRC FT offered evidence of their team's strength in the DST league as they demolished MIISA United 4-1 at the Berakas Sports Complex, last night.

The team pressed heavily on MIISA's defence as soon as the match started, effectively utilising their two wingers, Ak Md Azrul Ariffin Pg Matussin and Safuan Juhar, cutting through their opposition's fortress with speed and deadly crosses from both flanks of the field in the first 120 seconds of the game.

MIISA United had to withstand a confident start from LLRC, as their opposition broke the deadlock in the 4th minute with a header goal from, Hj Mohd Bahrin Hj Sahari, credits to a beautiful assist by Amy Amizan Gudang, who also scored later on with a stunning volley in the 60th minute of the game.

A good chance had gone begging in the 10th minute after Mohd Hakeem Keri's shot was saved by the goalie, as the ball hit the post. LLRC players then protested that the ball went past the line, but referee Rahim Kati signalled play on.

If only LLRC's finishing was as good as the squad's teamwork in the first half, the game would have been 5-0 by the end of the first half whistle.

A series of wonderful team play allowed Ak Md Azrul Ariffin Pg Matussin to score the second goal for LLRC in the 36th minute, leaving MIISA's goalkeeper Md Najib Hj Munap hapless to do anything to stop the winger's shot.

MIISA United resolved to a hard tackling approach in the first half of the games, committing several dissent fouls on LLRC's players, but the tactical approach did not seem to work out, as the first half was concluded by the referee's whistle with LLRC leading 2-0.

LLRC played an entertaining brand of mixed passing football, effectively attacking MIISA United's defence from both flanks. At one point of the game, their coach switched their two wingers from left to right in the middle section of the first half.

MIISA United resolved to a tactical 4-3-3 change after the interval, stealing an early second half goal from a delightful chip from No 11, Kassim Jafar, leaving the keeper stranded, and LLRC panicking at that point.

Stamina was a key point in the game, as Hj Annuar Hj Seidil securing LLRC's fourth goal in the 75th minute.

In a post match interview with The Brunei Times, Hj Md Bahrin Hj Sahari commented that he was pleased with the two goals, and aimed to work harder.

"I am pleased with the two goals. I hope I can score more, but that's only if the coach will decide to play me again", said the playmaker, ending his quote with a laugh.

Their manager, Hj Affandi Hj Julaihi, said after the match: "Alhamdulillah, we have converted the three points needed tonight, and although we are still looking for the right tempo in our match play, I am happy that we won."

While MIISA United need to improve in their next game, LLRC's brand of football, if maintained throughout the season, could make them one of the top contenders to qualify for the Superleague next April. Pin point passing, deadly crosses, fast wingers, and all round good discipline proved effective in last night's game for the KB based team.

LLRC will be playing against Perkasa in their next game, while MIISA United will meet Youngsters FC on the 26th and 27th December respectively.The Brunei Times

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