PBAPP FC 0-1 JDT II: Tigers make Waterboys pay

Nippy forward Aznie Taib's solitary goal was enough to secure valuable three points for the visitors

GOALBY    DARREN GOON     Follow on Twitter

PBAPP started with two foreign strikers for the first time this season, and they attacked immediately from kick-off as Muhd Badrulsani had a shot charged down. JDT II retaliated with a swift counter-attack from a PBAPP corner. Braulio’s shot pushed away by goalkeeper Ismail Abdul Rahman, before he reacted quickly to save Shahril Ishak’s follow-up.

Seemingly roused, PBAPP started to dominate possession and create chances. The Waterboys’ Ugandan strikers Luis Silvah Ochaya and Kaye Edrisar displayed great understanding, combining well for two shots on target in the 16th and 19th minutes which were pushed away by JDT II custodian Mohd Anis Faron. He also saved a Faiz Nasir shot three minutes later.

The Southern Tigers made PBAPP pay for their profligacy in front of goal, breaking away quickly via Mohd Aznie Taib on the half-hour mark. He beat a defender and motored into the box, slotting into the far corner of the goal from a tight angle for his fifth goal of the season. 1-0 to JDT II FC!

Almost right after the restart, Faiz reacted brilliantly to Edrisar’s mis-controlled ball, striking a volley that Anis did well to push away.

PBAPP were still monopolizing possession, and their defenders effectively snuffed out all JDT II attacks. Their best chance at equalizing came in first-half added time, as some Faiz wizardry down the byline conjured a low cross that evaded everyone but Muhd Zamri, who was on for a tap-in. Unfortunately, the ball hit his heel and was cleared by a defender.

The Waterboys continued where they left off in the second half. Muhd Zamri came close twice, including with a one-on-one break, but was let down by poor finishing. He was soon replaced by Muhd Ikhram Ibrahim, who promptly shook the crossbar with a powerful shot just minutes after coming on.

The left winger was unfortunate to strike the woodwork again in the 73rd minute, heading against the base of the far post from an Azlan Zakaria cross. PBAPP were knocking on the door repeatedly, but nobody answered.

This was real dominance by the home team. JDT II hardly had a chance on goal in the second half, and were restricted to punting aimless long-balls to Braulio Nobrega, dealt well with by central defenders Hazrul Shah and Alexander Becerra.