Bandar Seri Begawan - Kilanas FC were in seventh heaven last night after romping to a 7-1 victory over fellow DST Super League strugglers Najip FC.
The result begs the question as to whether Najip FC deserve to be in the 'big boys' league after a fifth consecutive defeat, scoring just seven goals and conceding a mind-boggling 24 goals already.
Azmi bin Hj Zainin claimed what was the inevitable first goal of the match in the seventh minute of play, before reacting fastest to a rebound in the 19th minute to double his side's tally.
Mohammad Khalid Wassadi Salleh twisted and turned inside the box to make space for himself, before rifling a shot past Md Norshah bin Md Harris to make it 3-0 with just half an hour played.
Ak Khairul Lizam bin Pg Bungsu put some shine on the result going into half-time, beating the offside trap before calmly slotting the ball past Md Norshah bin Md Harris, who by then had picked the ball out of the back of the net more times than he would have liked.
Najip FC made a change after the break, deciding to swap Md Fuad bin Lasa for Md Norshah bin Md Harris in a bid to shore up the defense, but the substitution did little to thwart the Kilanas FC onslaught.
Substitute Muhd Nor Aliffulah bin Hj Zaini had the desired impact, using his pace and strength to outmuscle a Najip FC defender, before cutting the ball back across the box for Mohd Nor Hidayattulah bin Hj Zaini, who's shot from outside the box was too hot for Md Fuad to handle.
It was clear Kilanas FC had taken their foot off the gas, but six minutes from time, they were awarded a penalty after Muhd Nor Aliffulah was pulled down inside the box.
Muhd Nazirul Zulhilmi bin Ahmad sent the ensuing penalty into the top left corner, leaving Md Fuad helpless.
Najip FC would get themselves on the score sheet just a minute later, when Md Daud bin Hj Tengah was stopped illegally in his tracks inside the box.
Huzaimi Hj Tengah sent the Kilanas FC keeper the wrong way with his lowly-placed effort into the bottom left corner.
Mohd Nor Hidayattulah's perseverance paid off after he won possession in the box, before picking out the right-hand post with a fierce drive from close range, with the scoreboard reading 7-1 to Kilanas FC.
The result marked Kilanas FC's first win of the season, and saw them leapfrog Wijaya FC and QAF FC, who also have four points but still have two games in hand, into 7th based on goals scored.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin