CHINESE Recreation Club (CRC) chalked up their second straight win in the Penang Chinese FA Veteran’s League by defeating Butterfly RC 2-0.
CRC, who had beaten defending champions Timuran SC 4-2 in their league opener on Dec 21, got their first goal through a penalty when Butterfly RC goalkeeper Foon Kim Wan floored striker Liew Kean Huat inside the box in the 71st minute.
Kim Wan was given the marching orders as it was his second booking in the Group A match at the Polo Ground on Sunday.
Reserve goalkeeper Heng Chong Lim, who had doubled up as a striker prior to the incident, had no chance to stop the blistering right footer from former state player Thoong Chee Eng.
Kean Huat delivered the second blow at the stroke of full-time in the 80-minute match to give CRC the 2-0 victory.
At the adjacent pitch, defending champs Timuran SC bounced back from their opening shock defeat by handing Ramblers SC a 5-0 drubbing.
Needing nothing less than an outright win to make sure that they keep their semi-final hopes alive, the six-time champions swung into attack mode from the start.
It took them only 11 minutes to prise open the Ramblers SC goal through a strike by Ng Chee Wai.
Timuran struck thrice within four minutes later into the half to make it 4-0 at the breather. The goals were scored by Koay Teik Seng (26th minute), Chee Wai (28th minute) and Loh Wooi Kee (29th minute).
Despite the impressive lead, Timuran were apparently still hungry for more and it was only after Wooi Kee had delivered the fifth blow just two minutes into the second half that they finally eased their foot on the pedal.
In another Group A match, both Chinese Wanderers SC and Macang Bubok FC battled to a 1-1 stalemate to share the number two spot, two points adrift of group leaders CRC who have a maximum of six points from their two wins.
Chinese Wanderers, who had opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Ramblers SC, struck first with a goal by Chee Ban Leong in the 12th minute and held on the lead until the breather.
Machang Bubok came back hunting for the equaliser after the break and got it through a 48th-minute goal by Pang Choon Chiew.