SHARP-MALAY MAIL suffered their first defeat when they went down 2-0 to
Brunei in a Philippines Cup invitation match at Bacolod City yesterday.
The Malaysian representatives dominated the match but were hampered
by the poor ground condition and a bouncy ball.
They also claimed the match officials were against them.
Badrul Hisham Jalil found the net for Malay Mail in the 15th minute
but was disallowed for offside. However, the referee refused to
acknowledge that the attempt was actually a rebound off a shot by
Brunei scored their first goal off Pengiran Momin Ahmad in the 29th
minute. It seemed like he had handled the ball but the goal was allowed.
In the second half, Malay Mail dominated again but were on the
receiving end when Brunei scored off a rare counter attack with Roslan
Samak beating goalkeeper S. Palavamani.
With this win, Brunei are back in the running for a place in the
final after losing 2-1 in the opening match.
Malaysia will now have to beat Chinese Taipeh in their last match in
Iloilo City tomorrow.
The Philippines play Chinese Taipeh today. Yesterday's results have
thrown the tournament wide open. Indications are that the finalists will
be decided on Saturday.