NPNG marched into the quarter-finals of the Selangor FA Cup when they edged fancied PKNS 1-0 in a third round match at the Yayasan FAS ground in Kelana Jaya recently.
NPNG’s hero was Christopher Souza who scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute. NPNG coach Michael Palani was a relieved man after referee S. Selearajan blew the final whistle.
Michael, a former Selangor defender, said it was a tough match and they were lucky to troop away as winners.
“I had anticipated a close match. But the match was more intense than I had expected. Credit should be given to my players for their courageous display. They never gave up.
“I will also like to commend PKNS for their gutsy performance. They match our players in all departments. Only the goal separated the teams,” said Michael.
In the quarter-finals, NPNG can expect another tough time as they will line up against MPKE on Sunday. MPKE showed fine teamwork and edged Pemuda Pandamaran Jaya (PPJ) 1-0 in another third round match.
There were some upsets in the third round. The casualties were Malaysia Airlines, Omnitech and Kuala Langat District Football Association (KLDFA).
Smartfocus MPNS showed Malaysia Airlines the exit with a 1-0 win. PNSB also won their encounter against KLDFA by a solitary goal.
However, Omnitech had to endure a penalty shootout before bowing out 4-2 to Puchong Rangers. Both Puchong Rangers and Omnitech played to a 1-1 draw in normal time to force the winner to be decided on spot kicks.
Selangor Indian Association (SIA) and Cemerlang also booked their places in the last eight. SIA defeated Victoria 1-0 while Cemerlang defeated MBS on 6-5 penalties after both teams played to a 1-1 draw.
NPNG bt PKNS 1-0; MPKE btPPJ 1-0; Selangor IndianAssociation bt Victoria 1-0;Cemerlang bt MBS 6-5 penaltykicks (normal time score 1-1);Smart Focus MPNA bt MalaysiaAirlines 1-0; Puchong Rangersbt Omnitech 4-2 penalty kicks(normal time score 1-1); PNSB btKuala Langat District FA 1-0.
This weekend’s fixtures (allmatches at Yayasan FAS inKelana Jaya)
Saturday4pm: UMW vs Hong Chin5pm: Cemerlang vs SmartfocusMPNA
Sunday4pm: Puchong Rangers vs PNSB5pm: NPNG vs MPKE