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Friday February 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by y.p. sivam
BELIA Selangor scored a convincing 8-3 win over seasoned Cemerlang in a Super Division Group A match of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league at the SUK B ground in Shah Alam, recently.
The match was disrupted for almost 10 minutes after Cemerlang players and officials protested against a disallowed goal. When the score was 3-1, in favour to Belia Selangor, Cemerlang were awarded a freekick and Mohd Saiful Adli Bahari scored.
However, match officials decided to disallow the goal and Cemerlang players and officials confronted the match officials who eventually allowed the goal.
If not for the misunderstanding, the match belonged to Belia Selangor as they were the better side and dominated the match.
Hardworking Mohamad Arif Mohammad Anwar and R. Thivagar scored a hattrick each while the other goals came from V. Theenesh and V. Sasikumar.
On the other side of the field, Mohd Saiful, Sharezol Mohamed and K. Prakash scored for Cemerlang.
For Cemerlang, the 2010 FA Cup champions and 2011 Super Division runners-up, it was a disappointing outing as their players were unable to match their younger opponents.
Cemerlang manager M. Tamilselvam said they were unable to assemble their full squad for the match.
“But our players should be commended for their performance. Most of them are seasoned players and tried to match their younger rivals.
“Unfortunately it was not to be and we lost by a big margin. We consider the defeat as a small hiccup.
“We are confident of getting our act right in the next matches,” said Tamilselvam.
Belia Selangor’s participation in the Super Division is part of their preparations for the National Under-19 football competition in Gambang, Pahang in June.
Coach Adam Abdullah, a former Selangor striker, said the players showed excellent teamwork and it showed when they scored the goals.
“The league will be an ideal platform for our young players to gain exposure. They will get the chance to play against some of the strong and seasoned teams in the league,” said Adam.
“We would also be able to gauge their performance as well. We want to be well prepared for the National Under-19 competition.”
There were some interesting matches in Group A.
Defending champions Emkay-NPNG continued their winning ways in the league when they defeated former champions Proton 5-1 while seasoned PKNS defeated Saridee 4-0. Sultan Sulaiman Club notched a 4-2 win over Darul Affiah.
Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani said the league was getting interesting and they had to continue winning to make the semi-finals.
Group A: Emkay-NPNG bt Proton 5-1; AirAsia drew PKNS 0-0; PKNS bt Saridee 4-0; Sultan Sulaiman Club bt Darul Affiah 4-2.
Group B: Belia Selangor bt Cemerlang 8-3.
Group A: Klang Gate bt Royal Selangor Club 3-0; Pelangi bt Rising Star 4-2; Nilam Puri bt Rose 2-1.
Group B: Seranta bt Sri Indah 5-0; Sharpees bt Kulitkraf 4-0; Selangor Indian FA bt Grasshopper 5-2; Putra Subang bt Kenari 3-0.
Group C: Frenz United bt Samudra 2-0.
Group A: Damansara drew Taman Cuepacs 2-2; Hulu Langat DFA bt Starbrite 4-2.
Group B: Sunday Cowboys bt Turi 2-0; Red Giants bt Pendamai Putra 3-1; Gen Pro drew AU2 1-1; Batu Caves bt PNMB 4-1.
Group C: Bukit Lanchong bt Lucky Star 5-0; Armada bt Waja 2-0; Frim bt Lighthouse 5-0; PPJ drew Bukit Lanchong 1-1.
Group D: Nusantara-AlFalah bt IC-Subang 3-2; Sukaramai bt Kop Cuepacs 4-0; Pos Selangor bt IC-Subang 2-1; Nusantara bt Puchong Rovers 3-1; Mutiara KD bt Setia Kelana 5-2; Padang Jawa bt Lembaga Zakat 3-0; Vulcans bt Rovers 2-0.
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