Hon Cheong (in checked shirt) with the winning team and their challenge trophy.— Photos: M.AZHAR/The Star
THE Yong Chee Seng (YSC) Cup football tournament took place for the third time with more alumni participation to pay tribute to ex-principal of Methodist Boys’ School Kuala Lumpur (MBSKL).
It was a nostalgic affair for about 250 MBSKL old boys who gathered and showed off their football skills in remembrance of a caring principal whom they loved and respected.
Organising committee president Derek Wong said the tournament was named after Yong in memory of their beloved principal.
“We are proud of our school, teachers and principal as they had a strong influence on our upbringing.
“This year’s event is about honouring Yong as well as reconnecting with other alumni,” he said.
The tournament started with just four teams and expanded to 10 with some of the players being 60 years old and above.
Participants also shared a moment of silence for six alumni members who had passed away since the YCS Cup 2016 namely, David Chong, Darren Low, Steve Koo, Kok Gek Siang, Christopher Loh and Perry Tan.
Teams were drawn into two groups and played in a round-robin format where the top four proceeded to the quarter-final knockout round.
With an energetic display of football skills throughout the matches, the players did their best to topple their opponents.
In the semi-finals, Harimau ‘91 beat Ravers 93/94 2-1 while Athletico Monkeys ‘85 defeated Lecocks Labulls ‘70s by 2-0.
The final showdown between the favourites Harimau ‘91 and Athletico Monkeys ‘85 was an exciting match.
Despite a one-sided first half where Harimau ‘91 dominated possession, it was the impenetrable Athletico Monkeys ‘85’s defence that kept the score goalless in the first half.
In the second half, Athletico Monkeys ‘85 improved and were unlucky when a long-range shot struck the post.
Harimau ‘91 also had their fair share of chances to break the deadlock but fluffed the chances that came their way.
The match had to be decided on penalties and this time, lady luck smiled on the Harimau ‘91 side as they converted their penalties while both their opponents’ kicks went wide.
Yong’s son, Hon Cheong, who was also present at the event to give away the prizes, said he was pleased that the tournament was in its third year.
“It was a great display of the spirit of sportsmanship by the players. This event is just two days shy of a year since my dad passed away and this is a great way to remember him.
“I am sure he is smiling from above,” he said.