JOHOR BARU: It was another high-scoring day in the Malaysian Champions Schools Under-15 football tournament for the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) at the Sri Gelam fields as Perak from Group A and Selangor from Group D became the first teams to march into the quarter-finals.
Perak, who upset last year’s champions Negri Sembilan 3-1 in their opening match on Monday, hit top gear yesterday to demolish Sabah 9-0 to complete their preliminary round fixtures in the three-team Group A with an unbeaten record.
Selangor, after their 10-1 whitewash of neighbours Kuala Lumpur on Monday, stepped off the gas against winless Pahang but still strolled to an easy 4-1 win.
Double strikes by Mohamad Ariff Ismail (14th and 69th minutes), Mohamad Fazli Safian (24th and 49th) and Nor Akmal Azlan (54th and 66th) and one each by Mohd Ali Hanfiah Abdullah Sani (29th), Muhamad Fazil (44th) and Muhamad Izzat Mazlan (62nd) took Perak’s goal tally to 12 in two matches.
Selangor did all their scoring in the first half against Pahang - with S. Thurairajah hitting the target after only 20 seconds with a blistering shot right from the kickoff.
Thurairajah completed his brace in the 22nd minute before Mohd Nor Shafiq got Selangor’s third in the 25th minute.
Goal number four came three minutes later when Syanurhadi outwitted the Pahang defence before slotting home.
With a place in the quarter-finals secured, Selangor relaxed and Pahang pulled a goal back through Mohd Azrin Hamzah in the 40th minute.
In another Group D match, Perlis, 4-0 winners over Malacca on Monday, had to come from behind twice to hold Kuala Lumpur to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling match.
KL shrugged off their big defeat to Selangor and took the lead after only four minutes through Wan Mohd Akram.
Mohd Noh Yunos then made it 1-1 for Perlis in the 25th minute.
Jeremiah Henry restored KL’s one-goal advantage two minutes later only to see Zulakmal Hakim make it all square in the 64th minute.
Joining Selangor and Perak in the quarter-finals are Kedah and Malacca from Group B.
Both Kedah and Malacca registered their second wins.
Kedah defeated Sarawak 4-2 while Malacca scored a convincing 3-0 win over Johor.
Penang, who lost 0-1 to Terengganu in their opening game, revived their quarter-final hopes with a thumping 7-0 win over Kelantan in Group C.