ROYAL Selangor Club (RSC), continued their winning ways in the Premier Division of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league.
RSC, after losing to TLDM in the third round of the FA Cup competition, bounced back with a commanding performance when they defeated Hong Chin 5-0 in a Group B match at the RSC ground in Bukit Kiara.
RSC started the match on an impressive note when they took an early lead, with forward K. Banbarasu scoring in the sixth minute.
Hong Chin recovered from the setback, and played well to deny the RSC strikers any chance to score until the 41st minute.
A lurking S. Shanmuganathan scored to make it 2-0. Five minutes later R. Anabalagan made it 3-0 for RSC.
Hong Chin were a spent force after that and allowed RSC to score another two goals through Jacob Joseph Leprince and S. Chanramouli in the 54th and 69th minutes respectively.
The win was RSC’s third in the Premier Division. RSC team manager Geoffery Anthony said the players were determined to win the match.
“They were quite disappointed after being eliminated in the FA Cup. We are confident of moving ahead in the league. This convincing win should be an inspiration to the players for the coming matches.
“It is going to be a challenging task as all the teams are well prepared,’’ said Geoffery.
RSC, one of the founding members of the FAS, are making a return to the league after a two-year hiatus.
RSC football convenor Kavil Singh had convinced the board on the importance of playing in the league.
Geoffery said they have an excellent junior development programme but the trainees, after they turn 18, did not have a platform to continue their playing career.
“So we felt it would be appropriate to invite the former RSC Academy trainees to be active in football.
“We also would like to see these players gaining opportunities to play for states or clubs in the M-League,’’ he added.
RSC’s chief coach K Prem Kumar and his three assistants conducted a series of trials before finalising their squad for the league.
The players, aged from 17 to 23, have adapted well to the highly competitive atmosphere in the FAS league.
The strikers have also been impressive in the past three matches – scoring a massive 18 goals and conceding only two – to maintain an unbeaten record. The players have also been accepted as sports members of RSC.
Geoffery said the team would also be playing in several other international competitions organised by affiliated clubs.
Following the win, RSC have nine points and are second in the 11-team Group B. Rising Star are leading the table with 10 points from three wins and a draw.
In the Super Division, Smart Focus’ unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 2-0 to PKNS in a Group B match at the PKNS Sports Complex in Kelana Jaya.
For PKNS, it was their third straight win in the league as they lead the group with nine points. Besides PKNS, former champions Emkay-NPNG are the only unbeaten team in the group.
In Group A, PNSB edged AirAsia while TLDM defeated H-SJFC 6-0. Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), with nine points from four outings, are th leaders in Group A.
In the FA Cup competition, Team Force, a Super Division outfit, edged Premier Division side Nilam Puri-Dengkil on penalties in a third round match. The winner was decided on penalties after both teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation time.
Team Force team manager Datuk N. Thirumoothy said it was the second time they had to go through a penalty shoot-out in the competition.
“We have to praise the players for their committed performance. We are a new team in the FAS league and playing against some of the established teams is challenging.
“We are eager to make an impact in the FA Cup as well as the Super Division. We have warned the players not to be complacent in their next matches. We have a long way to go and every match is important,’’ said Thirumoothy.
In another third round match, Division One side Iman-PJH created an upset when they defeated Selangor Indian Football Association-West Country 1-0.
Second round: Belia Selangor B bt Puchong Rovers 2-0.
Third round: Iman PJH bt Selangor Indian Football Association-West Country 1-0; Team Force bt Nilam Puri-Dengkil 3-2 penalties (0-0).
Group A: PNSB bt Airasia 1-0; TLDM bt H-SJFC 6-0.
Group B: PKNS bt Smart Focus 2-0.
Group A: Jeonsa bt Kulitkraf 1-0; Samudra bt Victoria 2-1; Starbrite bt Frenz United 5-1; Selangor Chinese Recreation Club bt Puchong Rangers 2-1.
Group B: Rising Star bt SS Cyber Tigers 3-1; Sharpees drew DB-BTS Young Star 2-2; Tanjung bt Sri Remaja 3-1; Royal Selangor Club bt Hong Chin 5-0.
Group C: C-Semerah bt Putra Perwira 1-0; SV- T Birds bt Petaling District Football Association 3-1; Darul Ehsan bt LS- Innowacs 2-1; Batu Caves bt Perisai 3-1.
Group D: Wira Rawang Indians bt PJ Wira Ampang 6-1; UiTM bt Khaff 9-0; BBPJ bt Seranta 3-1; Sepang Municipal Council drew My World 2-2.
Group A: Bayu Tinggi bt TC-Menjalara 2-0; Bukit Jalil drew SP SMUTAA 0-0; Vulcans bt AU2 Falcon 3-2; SR Kota Warisan bt Forza Maju Jaya 3-1; PPJ bt Lembaga Zakat 5-0; Sinaran Bersatu bt Taman Berjaya 3-1.
Group B: Hulu Langat District Football Association –D’Cell United bt GP Kriggers 5-1; Waja bt TPCA 3-1; Kapar drew Selayang 0-0; Armada Young Starz bt Setia Kelana 4-0; Bukit Lanchong bt P. Putra Nuha 2-0.
Group C: PKNS Academy bt NR-SSA 5-0; Sunday Cowboys bt Bukit Rotan Baru 4-2; KC- Dream FC bt Crown Pegasus 3-1; Rose Bukit Badong drew Kelisa RBFC 2-2; Puchong Perdana bt Tiger Rovers 4-1; Setia Jaya bt Bangsar Magic 9-0.
Group D: IC-Serdang drew Anggerek 2-2; ATM 31 Rad bt Kenari Trojan 3-0; Belia MISC-MIFA bt T Rawang United 2-0; SB Serampunk bt Tunas Lagenda 2-0; G. Belarau bt Cenderwashih 3-1.