ROYAL Selangor Club (RSC) showed excellent team work to maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier Division of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) league.
RSC, making a return to the league after a two-year hiatus, handed Medan Harmoni their first defeat in a Group B match played at the RSC Sports Complex in Bukit Kiara.
Medan Harmoni, who were unbeaten in their previous four matches, started the encounter in impressive fashion when they scored in the second minute through Mohamed Shah Razmi Jasmi.
Down by the early goal, RSC, represented by a group of youngsters, gained their momentum and equalised in the 38th minute when M. Ganeswaran scored.
After the break, with the score at 1-1, RSC played with more confidence. It did not take long for them to score. This time it was K. Banbarsu who made it 2-1 in the 48th minute. RSC increased their lead in the 58th minute through MK Aathishesaan.
Despite trailing by two goals, Medan Harmoni continued their attacking game but all their efforts came to nothing.
With the win, RSC are leading the 11-team Group B with 18 points from six wins and have a five-point advantage at the top. Medan Harmoni dropped to third with 10 points from three wins, a draw and a loss.
RSC team manager Geoffery Anthony was pleased with his players excellent performance.
“They played as a team and were determined to continue their winning streak.
“Even when they were down by a goal, they never gave up. The win is certainly an encouraging sign,’’ said Geoffery.
However he has warned his team not to be complacent in their next matches.
“We have another four matches. They are against some seasoned teams in the FAS league. We have to continue winning to be assured of a spot in the quarter-finals.
“The players are also aware of the situation and we expect them to give their best,’’ said Geoffery.
In another Group B match, Rising Star strengthened their claim for a quarter-final berth when they defeated Selangor Indian Football Association 3-0.
The win allowed unbeaten Rising Star to move to second on the table with 13 points from four wins and a draw.
In Group A, LH- Tanjung Karang edged Selangor Chinese Recreation Club 1-0 to continue their unbeaten run in the league.
The win was LH-Tanjung Karang’s win fifth straight win and they lead the table with 15 points.
Jeonsa, who won the Division One title last season, are second on 10 points from three wins and a draw.
The weekend also saw several upsets in the Super Division. Team Force’s winning streak in the Super Division came to end when they went down 2-0 to Kuala Langat District Football Association in a Group A match while Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) scored a massive 10-0 win over newcomers H-SJFC.
Team Force team manager Datuk N. Thirumoothy said the defeat should serve as a lesson to their players.
“We cannot afford to underestimate any team in the league. We hope to recover from the loss as we will be meeting TLDM in the semi-finals of the FA Cup competition. TLDM are a strong team and we have to match them in every department to make it to the final,’’ said Thirumoothy.
In Group B, Malaysia Airlines recorded their first win, in six matches, when they defeated MAFC 2-1. Emkay-NPNG regained their winning streak after overcoming Klang Gate 4-1.
Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani was pleased to see their strikers getting the goals.
“We have a tough match against PKNS in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. We are looking forward to the match with optimism,’’ he added.