BELIA Asas Bersatu cleared a major hurdle in the FA of Penang Division One League campaign despite having to play without many of their key players in their latest match.
They put on a heroic show to stun Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) with a 4-2 victory at the Universiti Sains Malaysia ground in Penang.
Newly appointed coach Azhar Abdul Rahman, who was forced to do without eight first-choice players, described the victory over as quite an achievement.
The players could not be fielded because they were either taken away to don national colours with Harimau Muda C or to serve the state in the President’s Cup and Youth Cup competitions.
To plug the gaps, Azhar roped in those who had come under his wing when he was handling the Penang School outfit in the Malaysian Schools Under-18 tournament two years ago.
The group of young talents did not disappoint. The team got off to a dream start, scoring two goals from penalties in the first nine minutes of the match.
They were awarded the first penalty in the second minute when Mohamad Shafiq Azumi was brought down by CRC’s Ang Choon Sai in their very first look at goal.
Fazzeely Taufik, one of the new faces acquired by Azhar, confidently stepped up to take responsibility and beat CRC goalkeeper Khoo Kar Lim with a well-placed grounder.
CRC were still recovering from the early setback when they conceded the second penalty just seven minutes later. This time, it was defender Lau Chang Heng, who appeared to have accidentally handled the ball inside the box. The penalty was also coverted by Fazzeely.
In their efforts to save themselves the blushes, CRC made numerous raids and managed to score through Tan Ming Ju, who tucked home a grounder cross from Chuah Di Ken in the 16th minute.
The score remained at 2-1 at half-time of the 90-minute match.
CRC slipped back into deeper waters after the breather when the young and enthusiastic Belia Asas Bersatu players went on to add two more goals.
Abdul Rahim Rozali scored in the 44th minute while Mohammad Firdaus Ahmad landed the fourth blow in the 60th minute.
CRC got their second goal through Gan Soon Lee in the 51st minute.
It was Belia Asas Bersatu’s second win in four outings.
In another Division One match at the USM ground, Baharol Alam FC picked up three precious points by edging Penang Port Commission RC by a solitary goal.
Muhamad Hanis Izzuddin Abdul Latif scored the all-important goal in the 38th minute to give Baharol Alam FC their first win after three outings.
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