The Arena, Monday, March 6, 2017 — Bendemeer Secondary School (BDM) kickstarted their National B Division School Premier League 1 Football campaign with a resounding 4-1 victory, blitzing Bowen Secondary School (BW) early in the first half.
A hat-trick by Muhamad Syahadat (BDM #19) within an hour of the match virtually sealed the three points before Bowen scored a penalty through Muhammad Zamani (BW #8). Lee Ming Yew (BDM #11) then put the finishing touches to wrap up the match with Bendemeer’s fourth goal.
Bendemeer’s teacher-in-charge Lee Chen Siang, however, played down the victory saying that the “job is not done yet”.
“I think most of them played well, most important thing is, they kept the shape and listened to instructions,” said the 37-year-old.
“We told them that the job is not done yet, our target is to move beyond this round so one win is not good enough, we need to play hard, work hard, train hard for the next two games.”
Bendemeer wasted no time from the kick-off, scoring their first goal within the first minute. Muhamad Syahadat picked up the ball inside Bowen’s half and sped past two defenders just outside the box and easily beat Desmond Ong (BW #1) in a one-on-one to leave Bowen in a state of shock.
Bendemeer almost doubled their lead in the ninth minute after a long ball from the defence was elegantly controlled by Nur Ilham (BDM #17) who played R Sharveen (BDM #10) through on goal but the boys in purple could not capitalise.
Three minutes later, Bendemeer’s continued pressure paid off with Muhamad Syahadat doubling his goal tally to comfortably put his team in the driving seat.
Two goals down, Bowen finally regrouped and began to fight back. The boys in blue began to keep possession of the ball and managed to create a few chances with R Sharveen (BW #10) and Aizal Murhamdani (BW #9) pulling the strings. But their decision-making in the final third left much to be desired and the score remained 2-0 as both sides went in for half-time.
The second half proved to be a much more evenly matched contest as Bowen tried to get back into the game. The play was very much stuck to the middle of the pitch as both sides could not get an edge over each other.
The decisive moment came at the stroke of the hour when Muhamad Syahadat completed his hat-trick. The forward finished off his three goals with a solo run, turning his defender inside out in the box before beating Desmond with a low shot.
After his goalscoring heroics, the forward was interestingly shuffled to play at the back, bolstering his team’s defence. Bowen managed to reply with a goal from the spot through Muhammad Zamani, who had to follow up after his first shot was initially saved by Martyn Mun (BDM #1). Lee Ming Yew then capped off a comfortable outing for Bendemeer in the 72nd minute to wrap up the match 4-1.
Bowen’s coach Lim Queen Cher, 60, said his boys were unprepared in the first 20 minutes and paid the price.
“They gave away the goal so easily, that’s why (when we) want to come back, it’s not easy, especially when you play against technically strong players like Bendemeer,” said Lim, adding that mental strength plays a big part in matches at this stage.
“I told them it’s not about tactical anymore, at this stage … it’s all about how much you want it.”
Both teams still have to play two more matches against Singapore Sports School and Kranji Secondary School in Group J.
Score by Half
Bendemeer vs Bowen
1st Half: 2-0
2nd Half: 2-1
Muhamad Syahadat (BDM #19) – 3 goals
Lee Ming Yew (BDM #11) – 1 goal
Muhammad Zamani (BW #8) – 1 goal
Pipatsawettanan Kankavee (#6), Muhammad Shahib Bin Masnawi (#13), Mohamed Rafee (#14), Nur Ilham B Mohamad Romzi (#7), Satish Raj S/O Manickam (#4), Muhammad Syahadat Bin Masnawi (#19), Ong Jia Wei Jarrel (#8), Nabil B Mohamed (#18), Khairel Joshry B Joffery (#10), Lee Ming Yew (#11), Mohamad Erwin B Mohamad Nassir (#5), Mohamed Haifee B Mohamed Hilmi (#3), Muhammad Nawawi B Mohamed R (#2), Mohamed Al Hakis Khan (#15), Mun Yi Jie, Martyn (#1), Mohamad Elfianto B Md Y (#17), Shaik Abdul Hamid (#21), Goh Yang Zu Denny (#16), Mohamed Naeem Hifsur Rahman (#9)
Ong Jian Hao, Desmond (#1), Shah Sharizan B Jumaslan (#2), Raeis B Mohamad Noor Azrin (#3), Muhammad Rasydan B Ariffin (#4), Tang Guan Yu (#5), Muhammad Tahalif B Abdullal J (#6), Mohamed Shakir B Sirajudeen (#7), Muhammad Zamani B Md Zamri (#8), Aizal Murhamdani B Ahmad (#9), R Sharveen Ram (#10), Elhan Akmal B Sahril (#11), Matin Uzair B Mohamad Nazrin (#12), Muhammad Fareez B Jamaluddin (#13), Muhammad Yusri B Selamat (#14), Harith Aniq B Azman (#17), Noor Rifat (#18), Muhammad Zulhilmi B Ramlee (#19), Keith Wong Jia Feng (#20), Mark Koh Hrong An (#21), Muhamad Hamizan B Karyat (#22)
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