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First Five pick up first win



A First Five player (C) on the ball during last night’s Takaful Brunei Futsal Super League game against NFT U-19 at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. Picture: BT/Fazizul Haqimie



BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - FIRST Five recorded their first win of the Takaful Brunei Futsal Super League after defeating NFT U-19 5-3 last night.

Mohammad Amirul Azmi Mohammad and Mohd Asyrol Rafiuddin Asmadi both bagged a brace in the victory, and Alimin Hj Damit also found the net for the newly promoted side at Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas First Five replaced NFT U-19 in ninth in the 11 team-league table.

Meanwhile, PBDB FT moved up to third after handing Bio FT their fourth defeat of the tournament with an 8-1 scoreline.

“It was a great game…we were leading comfortably in the first-half but they (NFT U-19) pushed us in the second-half and we had to regroup and bring back our game,” said First Five head coach Mohd Khairul Effendi Hj Yussof in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match.

“NFT U-19 are a good team and they have a number of good players who are fast and capable of scoring…So I needed all my players to defend and try to score from counter attacks.

“The strategy paid off, but we still need to work on our weaknesses if we want to achieve our target of finishing in the top five this year,” added Mohd Khairul.

Mohammad Amirul Azmi put First Five ahead as early as in the fourth minute before Mohd Asyrol doubled his team’s lead 10 minutes later.

NFT U-19 pulled one goal back through Muhd Wafiuddin in the 18th minute but a lapse of concentration in defence saw First Five regain their two-goal lead just a minute later through Mohd Asyrol.

The second-half saw NFT U-19 control the game with their short passes and attacking flair while First Five were sitting deep in their own area relying on counter-attacks.

NFT U-19 were rewarded when Ak Mohd Azim Pg Damit was brought down inside the penalty box by a First Five defender.

Muhd Wafiuddin would step up to convert the penalty to score his second and cut the lead to just one goal.

First Five were trying to find their way back into the game and a timely substitution in the 26th minute paid off when Nizamuddin Hj Ismail’s first touch of the game led to Mohammad Amirul Azmi being set through to score First Five’s fourth goal of the night.

Alimin made it 5-2 to First Five with a beautiful goal from almost half the court to beat NFT U-19 goalkeeper Mohd Nasaruddin Brahim.

Muhd Wafiuddin completed his hat-trick in the final minute of the game, but First Five would hold on to their lead and walked away with their first three points in the tournament.

-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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