BASEMENT side Kampong Makam Recreation SC hauled themselves out of trouble by registering their first League win in the FA of Penang’s Division One this season.
The newly promoted Kampong Makam Recreation SC staged a bold front against a seemingly overconfident Belia Asas Bersatu to troop out with a deserving 3-1 win at the Universiti Sains Malaysia ground in Penang.
Their four points earned from a win, a draw and a defeat have allowed them to be grouped together with veteran Division One sides Bukit Jambul SC, title holders Kampong Rawa SC, Baharol Alam FC and Chinese Recreation Club, and enabled them to leapfrog five rungs up the 14-team League table to take over the ninth spot.
There was no doubt that their sheer determination and hard work made it happen for Kampong Makam Recreation SC, who had pipped their own Kampong Makam SC to one of the two promotion tickets from Division Two last year.
In the recent match, Kampong Makam Recreation SC often found themselves at the receiving end but they successfully warded off Belia Asas Bersatu’s lightning raids and their stunning lead came against the run of play, with flanker Mohamed Nasharuddin Mohd Hashim burying the ball past goalkeeper Abdul Hamid Malek just after five minutes.
That joy was short-lived, with Belia Asas Bersatu erasing the deficit just five minutes later through striker Muhammad Firdaus Ahmad.
However, with Belia Asas Bersatu opting to take things a little easy after their equaliser Kampong Makam Recreation SC charged back to regain the lead just nine minutes later through Mustaffa Amini.
It was enough to spark off more end-to-end exchanges, and although Kampong Makam Recreation SC again found themselves heavily bombarded as Belia Asas Bersatu came charging back, it was just not meant to be. Time and again, Kampong Makam Recreation SC successfully defended their slender lead.
The hardworking Mustaffa helped himself to a brace when he beat an out-charging Abdul Hamid before slotting the ball into a yawning Belia Asas Bersatu goal right at the stroke of full time, enabling Kampong Makam Recreation SC to put the match beyond their rivals.
On the adjacent pitch, a clash of jersey colours forced the showdown between Robert Bosch SC and Penang Port Commission RC to be called off after the factory outfit failed to find a replacement set of jerseys at the eleventh hour.
The Division One League action meanwhile will take a two-week break and resume on Feb 14.
Baharol Alam FC vs Penang Youth-MIFA (Universiti Sains Malaysia B, 5.15pm); Nibong Tebal FA vs Robert Bosch SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia C, 5.15pm).
Belia Bukit Glugor vs Bukit Jambul SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia B, 5.15pm); Medical SC vs Kampong Makam Recre SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia C, 5.15pm).