HIGH-RIDING Suria SC continued their winning ways with a fabulous victory in the FA of Penang Division Two campaign.
The Kampong Melayu-based outfit are determined to make up for last season’s dishonour of being relegated from the Division One League, and have marched to their sixth straight triumph of the season to sit at the top of the 13-team Division Two table.
In a top table clash at the Polo Ground in Penang on Sunday, Suria SC displayed that they were still very much a Division One team when they ended Kampong Seronok’s unbeaten run by trooping out deserving 3-1 victors.
The maximum 18 points garnered and having cleared perhaps their toughest hurdle this season by gunning down Kampong Seronok have put Suria SC in a prominent position to obtain one of the two promotion tickets at stake.
In the game against Kampong Seronok, their relatively young squad were in battle mode right from the first whistle and fought as though their life depended on it.
They showed Kampong Seronok no mercy and launched their raids in wave-like patterns.
This saw Kampong Seronok often having to backpedal, just to ward off the nippy and darting runs the Suria side displayed as they punched holes into their rivals’ fortress.
Only the stout defence of Kampong Seronok anchored by skipper Abdul Matin Sajuri allowed them to keep the marauding Suria SC side at bay for a good half hour.
However, the moment Suria SC managed to weave through in the 33rd minute with the speedy Faidullah Al Hasni Zakaria beating an offside trap to set himself face-to-face with goalkeeper Yusri Abdul Rahman, the Kampong Seronok fort collapsed.
Faidullah, who had successfully left the entire Kampong Seronok defence behind him, coolly chipped a shot over an out-charging Yusri to give Suria SC their long overdue lead.
That spelt trouble for Kampong Seronok as that goal inspired Suria SC and they came charging back from the restart. With the Kam-pong Seronok defence badly shaken by that first goal and their players still struggling to get their act together, it was no surprise when they caved in just five minutes later.
Suria SC’s continued pressure saw the Kampong Seronok defence conceding an own goal in the 38th minute with defender Hasmudi Samat turning the ball into his own net in his bid to kick away a Wan Ahmad Saridan attempt.
Kampong Seronok appeared back in the game in the second half to pull one back with Norhafizi Noordin making his penalty attempt count in the 47th minute.
Inspired by that goal, Kampong Seronok fought back but the moment they conceded a penalty on the hour and Suria SC’s Wan Ahmad making no mistake from the spot kick, it was enough to snuff out Kampong Seronok’s hopes of even securing a draw.
At the adjacent pitch, both Kampong Makam SC and Telok Bahang SC had to be contented with sharing the spoils as they fired blanks for a goalless draw.
In another Division Two clash played on Saturday, basement side Macallum SC ended their winless ways in style.
Taking the field armed with just two points, their 5-0 bashing of Inpro SC more than allowed them to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
The precious points garnered enabled them to leapfrog four positions up the Division Two League table, to take over the ninth spot from the 13th position they started the day with.
They, however, took a long time to score the first goal through Mohamad Ramze Othman but with that goal, the floodgates opened.
Ace striker Kong Eng Hwa helped himself in the 64th and 75th minutes, before lightning shots from Al Irfan Dawood Basha and Choong Chooi Leong in the 78th and 80th minutes allowed them to complete the rout.
In the Division Three challenge, which was also played at the Polo Ground, Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor powered their way to their fourth straight win when they edged debutant Tanjong Bungah Rangers II by a solitary goal.
The all-important goal, which gave them all three points, was delivered by Fairul Baharin Naina Mohammad in the 61st minute and their maximum 12 points from four League outings were enough to earn them the top table seat in the nine-team Group A.
Division Two: Macallum SC bt Inpro SC (5-0); Kampong Makam SC drew with Telok Bahang SC (0-0); Suria SC bt Kampong Seronok FC (3-1).
Division Three, Group A: Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor bt Tanjong Bungah Rangers II (1-0).
FIXTURES FOR SATURDAY
Division Three, Group A: Kesupen vs Sri Nibong SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm); Group B: Ramblers SC vs Kumbar SC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Timuran SC vs Mutiara United FA (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).
FIXTURES FOR SUNDAY
Division Two: Chinese Wande-rers vs Inpro SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm); Telok Bahang SC vs Waterfall Rangers (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Sungai Ara FC vs Macallum SC (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).