SUBSTITUTE Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz had reasons to celebrate last weekend. The forward, who came in the second half, scored PKNS’ winner against TLDM in a keenly contested Football Association of Selangor (FAS) Super Division Group B match.
In the match, played at the PKNS Sports Complex in Kelana Jaya, PKNS came from a goal down and edged TLDM 2-1.
After a scoreless first half, TLDM, the FA Cup champions, took the lead in the 65th minute when Abdul Rashid Mahmud’s header sailed past a rooted PKNS goalkeeper Muhammad Asil Syafiq Sehrifodin.
However TLDM’s joy did not last for long as PKNS replied, during a goalmouth melee, through Mohd Zharif Abdul Ghani in the 73rd minute.
Ten minutes later, Ahmad Hafiz found the target to help PKNS collect maximum points to strengthen their claim for a semi-final berth in the Super Division.
TLDM were reduced to 10 men in the 85th minute after captain Mohd Shahir Sapian was given the marching orders for collecting his second yellow card. His first was in the 64th minute.
PKNS assistant team manager Mohd Nor Azlan was delighted with the result.
“We wanted to win. We had expected a tough match as TLDM have some seasoned players. It was quite tense for us on the bench after TLDM took the lead. However our players did not give up and they managed to score.
“The win was a result of the players’ determination. We have to maintain our winning streak to qualify for the semi-finals,’’ said Mohd Nor.
The win was PKNS’ second win in three matches. They have seven points from two wins and a draw while for TLDM it was their first loss in three matches. They have six points from two wins.
In another Group A match, defending champions PNSB continued their winning streak in the league when they defeated Nilam Puri-Dengkil 3-1 at the Kajang Stadium. The win enabled PNSB to move to the top of the nine-team table with nine points from three wins.
Shah Alam City Council, the Premier Division champions, are finding the Super Division tough as they went down 1-0 to Proton at the Hicom ground in Shah Alam. It was Shah Alam City Council’s third straight defeat in the league.
In Group B, former champions Emkay-NPNG moved to the top of the table when they defeated Selangor B 4-0 at the UIA Sports Complex in Gombak.
Emkay-NPNG have seven points from three outings. Emkay-NPNG manager Michael Palani, a former Selangor defender, said they have another three matches.
“We want to win the matches and finish top in the group. We cannot afford to take any chances against our rivals. They are also in the running for the two semi-final spots,’’ said Michael.
Meanwhile the FA Cup semi-final matches will be played at the UIA Sports Complex in Gombak on Feb 11. The first semi-final match, between MAFC and Sultan Sulaiman Club, will kick off at 8.30pm followed by the match between newcomers Kota Raja FC and PNSB.
MAFC and Kota Raja FC defied the odds to make it to the last four. MAFC are playing in the Premier Division while Kota Raja FC are a Division One outfit. Both Sultan Sulaiman Club and PNSB are playing in the Super Division.
FAS competition committee deputy chairman Datuk S. Sivasundram said the matches should be an exciting affair.
“In a knock-out competition we can always look forward to some upsets. In fact MAFC and Kota Raja FC made it to the semi-finals after defeating some of the seasoned teams,’’ added Sivasundram.
Group A: PNSB bt Nilam Pur- Dengkil 3-1;
Proton bt Shah Alam City Council 1-0; PKNS
bt TLDM 2-1; Belia Selangor A bt Kuala Langat
District Football Association 1-0.
Group B: Emkay-NPNG drew Smart Focus
0-0; Belia Selangor B bt Selangor Indian
Association 3-0; Emkay-NPNG bt Belia Selangor
B 4-0; Sultan Sulaiman Club drew Anak
Group A: BBPJ bt ATM-31 RAD 4-0; Putra
Subang bt SV-Tiger Rovers 2-1.
Group B: Team Force bt Darul Ehsan 7-0;
Frenz United bt Medan Hamoni 4-0; Selangor
Chinese Recreation Club bt Seranta-Meru 2-1;
DB Putrajaya United bt Hallo 2 Melewar 2-0.
Group C: Putra Perwira bt VIC-Red Engine
3-2; Kulitkraf bt Khaff 8-0.
Group D: SS Mozyda bt CG-BTS Youngstar 4-3;
Perisai FC bt AU 2-Falcon 4-0; Port Rangers bt
Sharpees 2-1; Sari Dee bt MPKE 3-1; Samudra
bt Puchong Rangers 3-1.
Group A: Bukit Kapar FC bt KC-Baiduri 7-0; SS
Putra bt Hulu Langat District Football Association-
D’Cell 3-0; PNMB bt Kenari-Tan Chong
3-2; U Klang- Dream FC drew NR-SSA 0-0;
Tanjong Karang LH bt PPJ 4-0.
Group B: Jeonsa FC bt SL Zabag 1-0; Rovers
bt Bukit Lanchong 3-0; Iman- PJ Hiliran bt SI
Wajah Muda 11-0; Waja bt SBaru-SMUTAA 4-0.
Group C: Gen Pro-MMU by Setia Kelana 3-0;
Taman Berjaya bt Armada- Belia Pandan
3-1; Pendamai Putra bt Lembaga Zakat 4-0;
Rose- BKT Badong drew Southern Park 1-1.
Group D: Selayang bt Petaling District Football
Association- JPAS 2-1; PJ-Wira Ampang
bt Soccer Star 2-1; Setia Jaya HKC bt Sunday
Cowboys 3-0; Batu Caves drew Vulcans 2-2.