All set for the big battles


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  • Friday, 29 May 2015

Solid defence: Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor defender Lokman Anuar (No. 2) outjumping Pearl of Orient’s Choo Eng Wah (No. 23) to defuse a raid during their Division Three clash.

MUNICIPAL Council (MPPP) and Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor are on course in their pro-motion bid after securing the top two spots in their Division Three Group A campaign.

In Group B are Timuran SC and Kumbar FC, champs and runners-up respectively.

The winners of the crossover semi-final matches will then meet in the final next month to see who moves up the ladder to Division Two.

MPPP secured the top spot in Group A beating Prisons SC 4-2 at the Polo Ground recently.

With 22 points from seven wins and a draw after eight outings they will take on Group B runners-up Kumbar FC, while Belia 4-B with 21 points after edging Pearl of Orient by a solitary goal on the adja-cent pitch, will have to be content with Group A champs Timuran SC in the other semi-final.

In the match against Prisons SC, MPPP took only seven minutes to size up the situation and struck through Khaizrul Azri to show their determination in wanting to set things right this season.

When Mohammad Shariel Noor strengthened their lead in the 29th minute, not even a quick retaliation by Prisons SC, who managed to pull one back through Mohd Syafiq Yusof almost immediately on the restart, mattered.

Khaizrul was in rattling form and hit home the team’s third goal in the 47th minute and Japaran Shahruddin delivered the fourth blow.

Prison SC, despite registering a second goal through Muhammad Mazwan Musa in the 55th minute were unable to change the scenario.

At the adjacent pitch, Belia 4-B match against Pearl of Orient was equally intense as Pearl of Orient also took to the field needing an outright win to make the cut to the semi-final play-off.

However, when they gave away a penalty on the half-hour after centreback Mohd Zulhelmi Abdul Razak brought down B. Sivabalan, Sheikh Mohd Fauzi Sheikh Ali well-aimed shot from the penalty spot proved to be the killer blow.

Both the semi-finals showdown, which will be held at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang tomorrow, appear to be a tricky affair for the four teams.

Kumbar FC could be in an uncompromising mood after missing the cut for a promotion at the same semi-final stage last year when their 1-1 deadlock against Macallum SC at full-time, ended 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

MPPP can expect them to be a tough nut to crack when they play.

The other semi-final between Timuran SC and Belia 4-B should prove to be equally exciting, with their young talents noted for their offensive approach and attacking qualities.

In the lone Division Two fixture played at the same venue a day later, Macallum showed that their promotion last year was no flash in the pan when they fought their way to the top by sending a high-riding Suria SC crashing to their second straight defeat.

The Macallum side played with true grit, measuring up to Suria’s enthusiasm in wanting to make a quick return to the Division One League action.

The 20 points garnered from six wins and two draws after nine outings have given them a one-point lead over Waterfall Rangers and Kampong Seronok, while Suria are fourth with 18 points.

In Division One, Jelutong SC managed to keep their title hopes alive when they registered a 2-0 win over Penang Port Commission RC.

FIXTURES FOR TOMORROW

Division Two: Kampong Makam SC vs Rifle Range SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm); AUCMS vs Suria SC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Macallum SC vs Chinese Wanderers (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).

Division Three, semi-finals: Municipal Council vs Kumbar SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia A, 5.15pm); Timuran SC vs Belia 4-B Sungai Glugor (Universiti Sains Malaysia A1, 5.15pm).

FIXTURES FOR SUNDAY

Division One: Chinese Recreation Club vs Kampong Rawa FC (Universiti Sains Malaysia C, 5.15pm);

Kampong Makam Rec SC vs Robert Bosch SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia D, 5.15pm).

Division Two: Sungai Ara FC vs Inpro SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm); Kampong Seronok FC vs Waterfall Rangers (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Kongsi SC vs Yayasan Prai Rovers (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).

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