LUCK was on Klang Gate’s side as they edged a determined Shah Alam City Council on penalties in a third round match of the Football Association of Selangor FA Cup competition at the SUK ground in Shah Alam.
The match ended without any goals in normal time. And there was no goals in extra-time as well. The winner was then decided on penalties and Klang Gate walked away with a 4-3 win.
Shah Alam City Council ma-nager T. Anbarasan was a dejected man as he felt they should have won the match.
“We had several chances to score in normal time. The strikers gave their best but could not score. It was also the same story during extra-time. Luck was not our side during the shoot-out. The players were under pressure and it showed during the shoot-out,’’ said Anbarasan.
Shah Alam City Council will continue their training programme as they are looking forward to make an impact in the Premier division. Under the guidance of former international Zainal Nordin, they have also recruited several new faces to strengthen their side.
In other matches, Belia Selangor A, who are preparing for the National Youth Cup, defeated fancied PKNS 4-2 on penalties. There was no score during normal time and extra-time.
Defending champions Emkay-NPNG started their campaign in the FA Cup with a slim 1-0 win over SS Putra. Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani said it was their first match for the new season.
“The players were finding it difficult to get their act right. But we are happy to win the match and advance to the next round. We are confident the players will be in good form for our subsequent matches,’’ said Michael.
UiTM have emerged as one of contenders for the FA Cup after a hard-fought 4-2 win over Wira-Rawang Indians.
Football Association of Selangor competition committee deputy chairman Datuk S. Sivasundram said the competition has been interesting with several upsets.
“The fancied teams are having difficulties matching teams from the lower divisions. Being a knock-out competition, we can look forward to more upsets in the coming weeks,’’ said Sivasundram.
Belia Selangor A bt PKNS 4-2 penalties (0-0); UiTM bt Wira -Rawang Indians 4-2; Kuala Langat District Football Associa-tion bt Kuala Langat Indian FA- Youngstar 3-0; TLDM bt UMW 5-0; Klang Gate bt Shah Alam City Council 4-3 penalties (0-0); Emkay-NPNG bt SS Putra 1-0.