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Tuesday July 17, 2012
By RONNIE OH firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by CHARLES MARIASOOSAY
UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia (USM) FC finally got what they wanted — to end their Premier League (football) season on a winning note.
Even with their chase for a Malaysia Cup berth going beyond them a week ago, they still managed to show their fans that they had it in them to end their campaign in a strong position.
They firmly sent the Northern Lions Perlis home with a 4-1 bashing to lift their hope of completing their dream of finishing at the fifth spot in the league alive.
However, the hope of an improved finished from the sixth position that they managed to secure in their Premier League debut last year, proved to be short-lived.
As news filter through from the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi
(Negri Sembilan) that their rivals Police had gunned down the Premier League’s
runners-up Pahang 4-2, there were disappointed faces all around the USM Stadium in Penang.
It meant that their hard work had just disintegrated.
For Police, who begun the day holding
a precious one-point advantage over
USM FC, their 4-2 win over Pahang meant that the varsity side ended on the sixth spot.
However, USM coach S. Veloo said the performances of his charges were satisfactory.
“Frankly, it was a tall order for my players to lift their game, especially when we were already out of the running for the Malaysia Cup spot,” said Veloo.
The Northern Lions drew first blood in the 62nd minute through midfielder Mohd Syafiq Sama.
That triggered the USM outfit to respond swiftly.
Khairul Anuar Idris successfully fired home their equaliser in the 79th minute.
The marauding USM players went on to add three more goals in a 10-minute spell, through Muhd Faizat Ghazali (85th min), S. Veenod (87th min) and Mohd Baser Napae (90th min).
This ensured that they wrapped up their campaign with a resounding victory.
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