The jubilant IRC players posing with their trophies after clinching the top two spots in the second edition of the IRC Open nine-a-side tournament at the Polo Ground.
INDIAN Recreation Club (IRC) secured a one-two finish in the second edition of the IRC Open nine-a-side football challenge.
Its Team A beat Team B, comprising mostly second stringers, 3-2 on penalties after the game ended goalless on regulation and extra time.
The top two teams took home RM1,000 and RM800 respectively during the recent one-day tournament held at Padang Polo in Penang.
Team manager Mohd Rafi Abdul Rahim Rajendran said the feat was flattering as the number of participating teams had increased to 13 from eight in 2015.
To top it off, the club is celebrating its 108th anniversary this year.
“We were eager and determined to power our way to honours after bowing out in the semi-finals in 2015.
“But to complete a one-two finish was not easy, considering the number of participating teams has increased.
“I am proud of the achievements and the commitment shown by the players,” he said.
IRC Team A was unbeaten throughout the tournament.
But it was their Team B that stole the show when they stunned favourite Bunga Raya FC by a solitary goal in the semi-finals.
Nevertheless, Bunga Raya FC took home RM600 when they edged Island Combined 3-2 on penalties during the third-fourth playoff.
The game remained deadlocked after regulation and extra time.
IRC president M.C. Pitchay said: “My aim is to increase the number of participating teams to 24 next year to make it more challenging.”
IRC A bt Island Combined (3-0)
IRC B bt Bunga Raya FC (1-0)
IRC A bt IRC B
(3-2 on penalties. FT-ET: 0-0)
Bunga Raya FC bt Island Combined (3-2 on penalties. FT-ET 0-0)