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Young Fighters target top place in Group B and a spot in the final


No getting away: KL Young Fighters’ Mohd Syazreen Md Suhaimi (left) sliding in with a tackle against AirAsia All Stars’ Mohd Nor Saiful Abdul Rahman.

No getting away: KL Young Fighters’ Mohd Syazreen Md Suhaimi (left) sliding in with a tackle against AirAsia All Stars’ Mohd Nor Saiful Abdul Rahman.

KUALA Lumpur Young Fighters FC are ambitious and have set a lofty target in the FAM Cup competition – they want to finish the top team in Group B.

Young Fighters comprise a group of back-up players from Felda United and know that only the top team from Group B will qualify for the final against the top team from Group A.

The champions of the FAM Cup competition will gain promotion to the Premier League.

Young Fighters showed their intentions with a 2-0 win over AirAsia All Stars at the UKM Sports Complex in Bangi.

Their first goal was a penalty after an infringement in the 35th minute and Muhammad Rizqi Azman made no mistake from the spot. The second goal was scored by Muhammad Zul Fahmi Awang in the 86th minute.

Stuck in the middle: AirAsia All Star's Khushairi Aizad Jamaluddin (centre) being sandwiched in between goalkeeper Md Zarif Irfan Hashimuddin and Mohamad Zamri Ramli.
Stuck in the middle: AirAsia All Star's Khushairi Aizad Jamaluddin (centre) being sandwiched in between goalkeeper Md Zarif Irfan Hashimuddin and Mohamad Zamri Ramli.

It was an interesting match as both Young Fighters and AirAsia were playing an attacking game. AirAsia, without a win in the competition, had several chances but found Young Fighters’ goalkeeper Rozaimi Rohim hard to beat.

It was KL Young Fighters’ third straight win in four matches. KL Young Fighters coach Azmi Mohamad was, however, not too pleased with the missed chances.

“We are happy with the win but we should have won by a bigger margin. It is very important for us to collect points as well as get more goals. Only the top team in the group will qualify for the final. We cannot afford to take it easy against any team. Our rivals are also doing well.

“We have some tough matches coming up. We hope to see our strikers getting the goals,’’ said Azmi.

Following the win, KL Young Fighters are second in the nine team table with nine points from three wins and a defeat.

In control: KL Young Fighters’ Muhammad Zul Fahmi (left) controlling the ball ahead of AirAsia All Stars’ Mohamad Shaiful Nizam Saad.
In control: KL Young Fighters’ Muhammad Zul Fahmi (left) controlling the ball ahead of AirAsia All Stars’ Mohamad Shaiful Nizam Saad.

Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) defeated Harimau Muda C 4-2 at the DRB-Hicom Honda Stadium in Sungai Petani with goals from K. Depan Sakwati, K. Premananthan (2) and Muhamad Munawar Shavukath Ali.

MISC-MIFA, who have played one match more than KL Young Fighters, are leading the table with 12 points from four wins and a loss.

Ipoh Football Association, after an early hiccup, are progressing well in the competition. They notched their third win when they edged Johor DT III 1-0 to move to the third spot with nine points.

In Group A, the top two teams continued their winning ways in Group A. Perlis defeated Hanelang FC 2-0 while Megah Murni edged PBAPP 1-0.

Both Perlis and Megah Murni are undefeated in the competition and have 10 points each. But Perlis are leading the 10-team table because of better goal difference.

Real Mulia, who are also undefeated, collected maximum points when they edged Felcra FC 1-0. Real Mulia have eight points from two wins and two draws.

Results

Group A

Perlis bt Hanelang 2-0

Sungai Ara FC bt Shahzan Muda 2-0

UKM FC bt Negri Sembilan Prisons 1-0

Megah Murni bt PBAPP FC 1-0

Real Mulia bt Felcra FC 1-0

Group B

Ipoh FA bt Johor DT III 1-0

MISC-MIFA bt Harimau Muda C 4-2

Kuala Lumpur Young Fighters by Airasia All Stars 2-0

Malacca bt Kedah United 3-1

Group A

Penang PBAPP vs Sungai Ara FC

(City Stadium, Penang)

Hanelang FC vs Shahzan Muda

(Astaka Ground, Kuala Berang)

Kuala Lumpur UKM FC vs Perlis

(UKM Sports Complex, Bangi)

Kuala Lumpur Felcra FC vs Negri Sembilan Prisons

(UM Sports Complex, Kuala Lumpur)

Kuala Lumpur Real Mulia FC vs Megah Murni FC

(Maybank Sports Complex, Bangi)

Group B

MISC-MIFA vs Kuala Lumpur MOF FC

(Stadium DRB-Hicom Honda, Sungai Petani)

Kedah United vs Harimau Muda C

(Lada Stadium, Langkawi)

Airasia All Stars vs Malacca

(UPM Sports Complex, Serdang)

Johor DT III vs Kuala Lumpur Young Fighters

(Stadium Bandar Penawar, Kota Tinggi)

Fixture (kick off 4.45pm unless stated)

FAM Cup Log(As at April 12)

Group A

Team P W D L F A Pts

Perlis 4 3 1 0 9 2 10

Megah Murni 4 3 1 0 6 1 10

Real Mulia 4 2 2 0 3 1 8

Sungai Ara FC 4 2 1 1 5 5 7

PBAPP 4 2 0 2 6 4 6

Felcra FC 4 2 0 2 6 7 6

Hanelang 4 1 1 2 6 6 4

UKM FC 4 1 1 2 4 5 4

Shahzan Muda 4 0 1 3 3 9 1

Negri Sembilan Prisons 4 0 0 4 2 10 0

Group B

Team P W D L F A Pts

MISC-MIFA 5 4 0 1 10 2 12

KL Young Fighters 4 3 0 1 7 3 9

Ipoh FA 6 3 0 3 7 6 9

Malacca 4 2 1 1 9 5 7

Kedah United 4 2 0 2 5 6 6

Harimau Muda C 8 1 3 4 11 18 6

KL MOF 3 1 2 0 4 2 5

Johor DT III 4 0 2 2 1 4 2

AirAsia 4 0 2 2 2 6 2

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