03 March 2013

Majra secure top-3 finish with QAF win

Sunday, March 3, 2013
took a touch too many granting the QAF defenders a clearance.

Following half-time, QAF continued to dominate the game with impressive displays of overlapping runs between wingers and fullbacks.

It nearly paid off when Md Hafis cut in from the right to unleash a left-footed shot which unfortunately swayed inches wide from goal.

Majra, meanwhile, went into defensive mode and committed most of their players to their own half in a effort to retain their lead.

The game, however, did not pass without controversy as QAF's players and supporters were venting their emotions and questioned the referee's decision-making abilities.

The QAF faithful became more irate in the dying minutes of the game with protests of time wasting after some Majra players appeared to have dropped on the ground forcing the referee to stop the game and call medical personnel.

Following the match, Majra captain Yusof Salleh praised the defensive efforts of his backline in what he called was a "tight match".

"We had to work hard because QAF are a good team and were playing very well," he told The Brunei Times.

"Although it was tough for us, we made defending our priority and that paid off," he said.

He pointed out that the team's midfield should be an area of improvement having seen it largely overrun by the more livelier QAF midfielders.

"We definitely need to work on our midfield play because they rarely had the ball," he said.

The table-topping Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) will play against bottom-dwellers Kilanas FC at 4.15pm today at the Balapan Track and Field at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Wijaya FC will then take on Najip FC at the same venue at 8.15pm.

The Brunei Times

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