3 Apr 2011


Kilanas fight back to stay at the summit

Md Khairul Hj Abd Halim (right) of Kilanas FC celebrates scoring the equaliser against DST Group FT last night. Picture: BT/ Amir Amin

Sunday, April 3, 2011

KILANAS FC fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 against DST Group FT in their DST Group Brunei Premier League II (BPL II) match at the Berakas Sports Complex last night.

A goal each from Md Khairul Hj Abd Halim and Md Ehsan Hj Moksin in the second half allowed Kilanas to keep hold of top spot in the lower tier league.

The league namesakes were unable to hold onto their one-goal advantage that Hj Khairul Anuar Hj Yakub scored in the 15th minute.

Kilanas players celebrated joyously when the whistle blew and those unfamiliar with the BPL II would have thought that the team had already won the league.

"It's because we are aiming to better our record compared to last season, when we were held 2-2 by DST Group. We consider DST Group FT one of the strongest teams in the league. With this match done, the next team to beat will be BIBD FT," said Mohd Kamran Sah, the Kilanas assistant manager.

Assessing the overall performance of the team, Mohd Kamran was generally happy with how they controlled the first half although luck was not on their side.

"The match was more balanced in the second half. DST Group were looking to defend their lead so we just kept piling on the pressure. Getting the first goal definitely made the team work harder to score the winner," he added.

Kilanas' Md Alikhan Hj Md Yakop fired a warning shot that DST Group FT goalkeeper Md Ruzaini Abdullah Subi had to palm away at the far post.

DST Group replied with Ahmad Aiman Hj Awg Besar playing Ahmah Mumtaz Hj Johor through for a shot on goal but the latter's effort was blocked.

Though Kilanas had more attacking opportunities, it was DST Group that gained the advantage when Hj Khairul Anuar towered over the defence to drill in the opener in the 15th minute.

Kilanas stepped on the pedal for the second half and the pressure paid off with Md Khairul rifling in the equaliser in the 53rd minute.

Substitute Md Ehsan was called in to play in the 64th minute and the 21-year-old Kilanas player only took a minute to make an impact. The midfielder beat the DST Group defence on the left flank for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Md Ruzaini. Md Ehsan curled the ball with his right footed shot into the top corner of the DST Group goalkeeper's far post in the 65th minute.

BPL II resumes today with two matches slated at the Berakas Sports Complex.The Brunei Times

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