Two Kedah teams qualify for age-group finals

KEDAH schools’ under-17 and under-14 soccer teams have both qualified for the final of the Minister of Education League Cup 2010 to be played on Sunday at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.

The Under-14 match will kick off at 4pm followed by the Under-17 final at 8.30pm.

The Kedah Under-17 team, which won the first leg 3-1 at Terengganu, lost the return leg 1-2 at the Mini Stadium in Jitra on Saturday but qualified for the final on a 4-3 aggregate in the two-leg encounter.

They will now take on Pahang in the final.

The homesters’ unsteady defence was punished in the 25th minute when Terengganu striker Syed Sobri Mohamad raced through the middle of the defence to beat Kedah custodian Zurika Muzafar Zulkifli with a scorching grounder.

The setback proved to be a tonic for Kedah as they came storming back to mount a series of attacks resulting in the equaliser in the 43rd minute through Mohd Faridzuan Fauzi to regain their two-goal aggregate advantage (4-2) before the interval.

In the 56th minute, Terengganu were reduced to 10 men when defender Wan Ahmad Amirzafran was given marching orders by referee Khairul Annuar Hashim for elbowing Kedah’s Mohd Fahmi Zakaria during a corner kick.

With a man short, Terengganu continued to threaten the porous Kedah defence and got their second goal in the 65th minute to narrow the aggregate score to 4-3.

The goal was scored by Terengganu skipper Mohd Amil Syukri Zulkefli whose 30-metre long range shot beat the inattentive Kedah keeper Zurika Muzafar.

Kedah then tightened up their defence for the rest of the match to secure a victory.

Kedah will take on Pahang, which were 4-2 aggregate winners over Penang in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Kedah Under-14 team also qualified for the final with 5-2 aggregate win against Kelantan in the semi-final.

They had won the first leg 3-0 at home and were held to 2-all draw in the second leg.

Kedah will face Terengganu which beat Bandar Penawar Sports School on the away goal rule in the other semi-final.

Both teams were tied at one-all on aggregate after the second leg ended in a one-all draw while the first leg played in Terengganu was scoreless.

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