THE ongoing FA of Penang’s Division One league action took an unexpected turn when it returned at the Universi-ty Sains Malaysia over the weekend.
On a day when match officials opted to cancel one of four matches after Jelutong SC players were late in getting themselves onto the pitch for their clash against Robert Bosch SC, favourites like defending League champions Kampong Rawa FC suffered a shocking defeat.
Kampong Rawa, who embarked on their title defence armed with four points garnered from a win and a draw after two outings, were expected to power their way past a struggling Bukit Glugor SC but they were handed a rude wake-up call.
Bukit Glugor, eager to end their winless ways, not only managed to hold their own in defence to keep Kampong Rawa at bay, they also added insult to injury when they stole a surprising lead just before the breather when striker K. Utayanathan scored in the 43rd minute.
Although there was not enough time left to enable them to save themselves the blushes at the breather, Kampung Rawa came storming back after the break as they continued to hunt for the equaliser.
They were rewarded in the 70th minute when Mohd Amirul Omar scored the equaliser.
This triggered a highly determined Bukit Glugor back into the offensive as both teams began trading blows. It paid off for Bukit Glugor when Utayanathan again scored to regain the lead in the 80th minute.
With the clock fast ticking away, Kampong Rawa were sent crashing to their first defeat of the season.
However, Kampong Rawa were not alone when former title holders Medical SC suffered a similar fate in their clash against Tanjong Bungah Rangers on the adjacent pitch on Sunday.
Despite up against a winless Tanjong Bungah Rangers, the 2012 champions wereas given a rude shock when their rivals appeared to be a transformed side.
Muhamad Benyamin Shaharudin gave Tanjong Bungah Rangers a dream fifth minute lead while Khairul Nizam Ibrahim delivered the second blow by doubling their lead after 11 minutes.
The Medical side, though rattled by Tanjong Bungah Rangers’ early forays, however, managed to throw themselves a lifeline when Shawarizal Fitri Mansor quickly pulled one back just two minutes later.
It was all squared up when Shawarizal helped himself to a brace in the 54th minute.
Mohamad Shazwi Ismail managed to put Tanjong Bungah Rangers back into the lead in the 61st minute, Medical SC appeared unfazed as Mohd Harpiz Taib produced a 72nd minute equaliser to make it three-a-piece.
But it was not to be for the highly rated Medical side as Tanjong Bungah Rangers doubled their efforts to produce two quick strikes through Mohammad Syafiq Yusri (82nd min) and Zainudin Abidin (85th min) to firmly douse the Medical’s side fire.
Although, the 5-3 defeat failed to knock off Medical SC from the top table seat, the three points were enough to haul Tanjong Bungah Rangers out of the drop zone as they moved into the 10th spot of the 14-team League table.
The other Division One clash between basement side Kampong Makam Recreation SC and Bukit Jambul SC on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Bukit Glugor SC emerged as the biggest beneficiaries of the weekend Division One League action. The three points enabled them to leap frog six rungs up the table to the fifth spot.
Division One: Kampong Makam Recreation SC drew Bukit Jambul SC (1-1); Bukit Glugor SC bt Kampong Rawa SC (2-1); Tanjong Bungah Rangers SC bt Medical SC (5-3).
Kampong Makam Recre SC vs Belia Asas Bersatu (Universiti Sains Malaysia ‘B’, 5.15pm); Robert Bosch SC vs Penang Port Commission RC (Universiti Sains Malaysia ‘C’, 5.15pm).