Naziruddin Hj Ismail (L)
fights for the ball
with Myanmar Mandalay
Academy's Soe Moe Tun
during their (FAM)-Frenz
Champions Trophy Group
B match last night at
the Hassanal Bolkiah
Picture: BT/Saiful Omar
National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) Under-15 team squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Myanmar Mandalay Academy in the Malaysia (FAM)-Frenz Under-15 ASEAN Champions Trophy Group B at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
NFABD Under-15 seemed to be cruising to their first win after an own goal from Min Myat Kyaw and Naziruddin Hj Ismail fired the national team into a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
But Myanmar Mandalay Academy pulled a goal back on the 55th minute when Zwe Thet Paing scored from a free-kick, before Kyaw Lwin Moe's strike from outside the penalty box beat goalkeeper Muhd Ishyra Asmin Mohd Jabidi.
NFABD Under-15 have only recorded a point out of possible six after last night's result and head coach Liew Chuan Fue admitted that his players need to work extra hard now.
"We need to work very hard now. We were very unfortunate to draw the game tonight. We were controlling the game in the first half. But I think we lost a bit of concentration in the second half," said Liew in an interview with The Brunei Times after the match last night.
"We created some really good chances in the first half to kill the game off and it is frustrating because I think we were the better team in the game.
"The players were too excited in the second-half after we were leading 2-0. They were too open, they were too far from each other and it allowed the opponent to create chances and score goals," continued Liew.
"I think our defenders played very well today. The midfielder did not pressure the opponent enough but, overall, it was a good performance by the team. We have improved a lot from the previous game," said the coach.
"It was a very good game. Both teams created a fair share of chances. But again, Myanmar is a very good team, and when you play against them, you know what to expect from them," he added.
NFABD Under-15 went ahead when midfielder Min Myat accidentally head the ball into his own net following a teasing cross from the left by Haimie Anak Nyaring in the 21st minute.
Naziruddin would give the host a 2-0 lead in the 40th minute with a spectacular freekick from 30 metres out leaving goalkeeper Phone Thitsar Min no chance at the goal.
But 10 minutes into the second period, Myanmar Mandalay Academy pulled one back with a powerful free-kick by Zwe Thet.
Poor defending allowed the visitors to level the score five minutes later.
NFABD's midfielder slipped, allowing Kyaw to drive towards the goal.
He swapped passes with Zwe Thit before guiding his shot past Muhd Ishyra Asmin.
Midfielder Muhd Azizan Akhmal Hj Metali was brought into the game with 10 minutes left as the national side went all out for the win.
The midfielder had an opportunity to do just that but his shot was blocked from outside the penalty box.