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Saturday March 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 1:47:26 PM
by scott lee
Ardent fans: Supporters for SMK Seri Titiwangsa of Kuala Lumpur cheering the team on.
KUALA LUMPUR’S SMK Seri Titiwangsa are still searching for their first win of the season in the ongoing Education Ministry Under-17 Group A football league campaign.
They settled for another goalless draw against SMK Bukit Nenas of Terengganu at home last weekend.
They also drew against SMK Tunku Anum from Kedah (1-1) and SMK Tabuan Jaya from Sarawak (0-0) but went down 0-1 to SMK Mutiara Impian from Penang to collect only three points from their four matches so far.
Despite the recent draw, SMK Seri Titiwangsa head coach Mazerul Mohayudin praised his charges for their commitment to improve on their performances.
“We expected a win today but we were unlucky to walk away only with a draw. Several disputable decisions disrupted our momentum. The unfriendly weather and poor pitch condition affected our flow because we struggled to attack,” he said.
SMK Seri Titiwangsa need to produce a more clinical finishing when they entertain SMK Seksyen 11 of Selangor at home today .
“We will be aiming to win the remaining matches to achieve our target of finishing in the top three teams in the league as well as featuring in the semi-finals of the Cup contest,” said Mazerul.
Both teams showed noteworthy defensive qualities especially with their goalkeepers — Wan Ahmad Hababa from Kuala Lumpur and Asyraf Azmi from Terengganu — standing as solid as rock in between the posts.
SMK Bukit Nenas assistant coach Asman Ismail said they were delighted to protect their unbeaten run in the league.
In their previous two matches, they defeated SMK Seksyen 11 (2-1) and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School from Johor (2-0).
“We found it tough to score without the services of our main striker who is out of action nursing an ankle injury for three weeks. It was an acceptable outcome to register a draw against worthy opponents. We need to be more creative in firing up our engine room with the midfielders creating the opportunities for the strikers,” Asman added.
SMK Bukit Nenas will be travelling up north to face SMK Tunku Anum in Kedah today.
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