Suria and Kampung Seronok clinch fifth straight win to stay runaway league leaders


Tussle for the ball: Waterfall Rangers’ T. Mahendran (left) moving in to check Sungai Ara player R. Vijeya Barthiben (blue jersey) during their Division One clash at USM ground.

AN on-song Suria SC and Kampong Seronok FC are emerging as runaway leaders of the ongoing FA of Penang Division Two football challenge.

Both clubs have produced an unblemished run, marching to their fifth straight at the Polo Ground.

Suria SC defeated Kongsi SC 2-0 and Kampong Seronok FC earned a 3-1 victory over Kampong Makam SC on the adjacent pitch.

The clubs, sitting pretty with maximum 15 points, now have a four-point lead over third-placed Yayasan Prai Rovers who have 11 points from three wins and two draws.

They are now on track for the two promotion tickets to Division One League next season.

Both have produced an identical 13-goal credit from their five assignments.

On their defensive qualities, the Kampong Melayu-based Suria SC conceded once, while their Bayan Lepas-based rivals Kampong Seronok conceded two.

This has allowed Suria SC to stake a claim on the top table seat through goal difference alone.

The two clubs will meet tomorrow on Polo Ground and fans can expect the clash to be fast and furious.

In the Suria SC-Kongsi SC clash, Suria striker Mohamed Fadzil Ali gave his club an early lead in the 16th minute and when they returned for the second half, Muhammad Firdaus Othman contributed the second goal.

For Kampong Seronok FC, the showdown was just seven minutes old when the team’s Mohamad Saifullah Hasna sent in the first goal.

When their leading scorers Azmin Shah Osman and Muhammad Faisol Saini hit home a goal in the 58th and 68th minutes respectively, they knew the game was in their pocket.

Kampong Makam SC, however, managed to pull one back through Muhammad Norhafitzi Rahimi in the 70th minute.

In another Division Two match played at the Polo Ground last Sunday, Waterfall Rangers carved out a goal in each half to defeat Sungai Ara FC 2-0.

It was the superb finishing skills of Waterfall Rangers striker Rahkish Supprumaniam that made it happen.

The lad, one of the few younger players in the veteran Waterfall Rangers outfit, gave his side a 1-0 lead when he tucked home a grounder shot past a charging Sungai Ara FC goalkeeper Rohairi Johari in the 16th minute.

He struck again in the 44th minute.

When the whistle blew, Waterfall Rangers moved four rungs up the 13-team league table to fifth place with seven points fromtwo wins and a draw in four matches.

In the Division Three Group B matches, which was played a day earlier on Saturday, Vasco da Gama SC were awarded their match on a silver platter.

Their opponents Synergy SC were forced to concede a walkover when they did not have enough players to take to the field.

Glugor Club also emerged winners when they handed basement side Ramblers SC a 3-1 beating.

The Glugor outfit struck with goals from Muhamad Ridwan Abdul Rahim (6th min), Muhamad Ismail Muhamad Sharip (10th min) and Mohamed Suhaimi Sabu (36th min).

Ramblers SC’s lone reply came from Teoh Chung Jin in the 15th minute.

RESULTS

Division Two:

Suria SC bt Kongsi SC (2-0); Waterfall Rangers bt Sungai Ara FC (2-0); Kampong Seronok FC bt Kampong Makam SC (3-1).

Division Three Group B:

Vasco Da Gama w/o Synergy SC (3-0); Glugor Club bt Ramblers SC (3-1).

FIXTURES

Today:

Division Three Group B:

Malays Recreation SC vs Synergy SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm).

Division Two:

Macallum SC vs Inpro SC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); AUCMS vs Rifle Range SC (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).

Tomorrow:

Division Three Group A:

Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor vs Tanjong Bungah Rangers II (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm).

Division Two:

Suria SC vs Kampong Seronok FC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm), Kampong Makam SC vs Telok Bahang SC (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).

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