PETALING JAYA: Penang Free School marched into the 100PLUS Super Cup Champions School football tournament quarter-finals despite being held to a 1-1 draw by SMK Tinggi Kajang of Selangor in their final Group B match at the SMK Mutiara Impian Mini Stadium in Penang on Monday.
The draw was enough for Penang Free School to top the group on better goal difference than SMK Tinggi Kajang.
SMK Tinggi Kajang went ahead through Rizalnul Azuwan Supandi’s spot kick in the 30th minute. But Penang Free School fought back with an equaliser by Mohd Faiz Akmal in the 58th minute.
“Our aim is to make the quarter-finals and we have achieved it,” said Penang Free School head coach Azhar Abdul Rahman.
“This is the first time that we have qualified as the state champions, so we have a big responsibility to do well. We have a slight advantage playing at home. We have to make full use of it and win the tournament this year.”
Defending champions SMK Anderson of Perak stayed true to the formbook to win Group C after thrashing SM Sains Tuanku Syed Putra of Perlis 7-0.
SMK Dato’ Bentara Dalam of Johor topped Group A with a 3-1 win over SMK Dato’ Sedia Raja of Negri Sembilan in their final group match.
SMK Mergong of Kedah won Group D when they beat SMK Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang 2-0 off an own goal by Akmal Hakimi Yuzaimi in the 50th minute and a close range effort from Aminuddin Abu Bakar in the 52nd.
The quarter-finals will be played in the morning on Tuesday followed by the semi-finals later in the afternoon.