ROYAL SELANGOR CLUB (RSC) have reasons to look forward to an exciting outing in the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league.
RSC have assembled a group of youngsters, aged below 19, for their campaign in the Premier Division. The coaching panel comprises several seasoned players who were active in the FAS league and National Banks Sports Council (NBSC) football competitions in the 90s.
K. Prem Kumar, who had played as a defender for Public Bank, is the team manager while John Chandramogan and P. Neelamegan, regulars with South City, are the coaches. The RSC soccer committee has also given full support to the squad.
RSC started their campaign in the Premier Division with a bang when they defeated Tanjung 6-2 in a Group B match at the RSC Sports Complex in Bukit Kiara.
Both teams opted for an attacking game and the first half ended 3-2 favouring RSC. But RSC came strongly in the second half and scored four goals.
RSC’ opening goal came in the fifth when R. Kumarendran scored but Mohd Farouk Abdul Rashid equalised for Tanjung in the 10th minute. RSC’s S. Shanmuganathan scored in the 23rd minute for a 2-1 lead.
However Tanjung were on level terms in the 35th minute through a Muhammad Muhaimi Muhamed Asli goal.
RSC were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute and David Gunasingam made no mistake from the spot.
The second-half resumed with RSC dominating the game but were unable to score until the 68th minute. Once again David scored to make 4-2. As the game progressed, Tanjung were finding it difficult to match and K. Bamarsu scored twice in the 75th and 78th minutes to give RSC a convincing 6-2 win.
John said the win was motivating but the challenge ahead was not going to be easy.
“We have a pool of young players. Most of them have just completed their SPM. They may lack experience but they overcome the setback with determination and commitment,’’ said John.
RSC have also qualified for the second round of the FA Cup. Prem Kumar said they were not setting any targets for the team yet.
“As most of the players are youngsters, we would like to see them gain exposure. We would be in a better position to make a stand on our targets after that,’’ said Prem Kumar.
In the Super Division, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) started their campaign on a winning note when they edged Airasia 2-1 in a Group A match. MBSA team manager T. Anbarasan said it was a good start for them in the competition.
“We lost in the FA Cup. Now we have to concentrate on the league. It is important for us to finish among the top four teams, in the group to qualify for the quarter-finals,’’ said Anbarasan.
In Group B, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj), making their debut in the Super Division, defeated seasoned campaigners Malaysia Airlines 2-0 at the Kajang Stadium.
In the FA Cup, defending champions Sultan Sulaiman Club defeated SP-SMUTAA 3-0 while Damansara edged Klang Gate 1-0 in the first round.
Former champions Emkay-NPNG. Bukit Jalil, Nilam Puri-Dengkil and PNSB have booked their tickets to the third round. Emkay-NPNG defeated Bukit Kapar; Bukit Jalil edged Kulitkraf 1-0; Nilam Puri-Dengkil bt Perisai 4-0 and PNSB upstaged Hong Chin 1-0.
FAS competition committee deputy chairman Datuk S, Sivasundram said they were re-scheduling the matches called off due to bad weather.
“We have to complete the season before the fasting month. Unfortunately the weather has disrupted our fixtures. We have to re-schedule the fixtures. We hope the teams will understand the stituation and co-operate with us,’’ said Sivasundram.
First round: Sultan Sulaiman Club bt SP-SMUTAA 3-0; Damansara bt Klang Gate 1-0.
Second round: Emkay-NPNG bt Bukit Kapar 4-2; Bukit Jalil bt Kulitkraf 1-0; Nilam Puri-Dengkil bt Perisai 4-0; PNSB bt Hong Chin 1-0.
Group A: Shah Alam City Council bt Airasia 2-1.
Group B: Kajang Muncipal Council bt Malaysia Airlines 2-0.
Group B: Royal Selangor Club bt Tanjong 6-2.
Group D: BBPJ bt Khaff 4-0.
Group B: MMU drew Waja 1-1.