ONLY one of four FA of Penang’s Division One clashes was played while the rest were postponed as many players and officials opted to watch the Asian Football Federation (AFF) Cup final between Malaysia and Thailand.
Only the match between former champions Medical SC and Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) went on as scheduled at the Universiti Sains Malaysia ground in Penang.
The Division Two League at the Polo Ground was also affected as only one of three scheduled matches was played.
Waterfall Rangers took to the field but did not to play against Telok Bahang FC.
Match officials said there was not enough playing time left, citing the delay of an earlier Penang Chinese FA Veterans League clash between Chinese Wanderers and Ramblers SC.
FA of Penang’s Competition Committee chairman L. Katherisan described the postponement of the Waterfall Rangers-Telok Bahang SC game as unfortunate.
He said the postponements of the other Division One and Division Two League matches, on the other hand, came as no surprise.
“We knew this would happen when we decided to grant our teams their request for postponements so they could watch the AFF Cup final in Kuala Lumpur.
“It was of interest to our footballers and we did not want to stop them supporting our national team.”
However, football fans in Penang still had plenty to shout about.
The recent Medical-CRC match turned out to be a six-goal thriller with the teams slugging it out for a 3-3 draw.
CRC were determined to make up for their shock 1-4 defeat by Bukit Jambul SC in their last outing on Nov 23.
They came out breathing fire but received an early shock when Medical player Muhammad Amirul Mulammidin Rizal scored in the fifth minute.
CRC hit back and equalised immediately through skipper Roy Choong Hon Hui.
Then top goal-poacher Chuah Di Ken put CRC in the lead in the 20th minute but Medical player Mahaley Abdul Rahim replied to make it 2-2 in the 37th minute.
Medical SC’s Mohamed Harpiz Taib scored in the 58th minute for a 3-2 lead but the teams were all square again at three goals apiece when Liew Kean Huat struck in the 80th minute.
The one point Medical SC gained still allowed them to sit fancy at the top of the Division One table over joint second-place rivals Nibong Tebal FA and Jelutong SC.
Over at the Polo Ground, Chinese Wanderers sent their fans home happy when they carved out their first league win of the season.
They defeating AUCMS FC 2-0 in a Division Two clash.
Both teams fired blanks in the first half.
In the second half, Chinese Wanderers skipper Ang Soon Hwa produced two goals in the 51st and 65th minutes to give his team all three points for the first time after three outings this season.
In Division Three clashes, Pearl of Orient FC and Belia 4B Sungai Glugor stayed on course towards promotion.
Pearl of Orient FC handed Prisons SC a 3-1 beating while Belia 4B Sungai Glugor thrashed Sungai Nibong SC 4-1.
Pearl of Orient have 10 points from three wins and a draw and are now at the top in Group A.
Another side which also enjoyed a victorious weekend was Kesupen who breezed to a 3-0 win over Customs SC.
FIXTURES FOR SATURDAY
Division One: Baharol Alam FC vs Tanjong Bungah Rangers (Universiti Sains Malaysia C, 5.15pm); Jelutong SC vs Bukit Jambul SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia D, 5.15pm).
Division Three, Group A: Tanjong Bungah Rangers II vs Butterfly SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm).
Group B: Timuran SC vs Kumbar SC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Malays Rec SC vs Mutiara United FC (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).
FIXTURES FOR SUNDAY
Division One: Kampong Makam Rec SC vs Belia Asas Bersatu (Universiti Sains Malaysia C, 5.15pm); Robert Bosch SC vs Penang Port Commission SC (Universiti Sains Malaysia D, 5.15pm).
Division Two: Kg Makam SC vs Kongsi SC (Polo Ground A, 5.15pm); Inpro SC vs Kampong Seronok SC (Polo Ground B, 5.15pm); Yayasan Prai Rovers vs AUCMS (Polo Ground C, 5.15pm).