Favourites Selangor issue warning with easy victory


By PETER CHAN

IPOH: Favourites Selangor sounded a warning of their intentions when they trounced Sabah 3-0 in a Group A Under-18 match of the National Schools (MSSM) Football Championships at the STAR ground here yesterday. 

Selangor, given top billings because of their triumph in the Coca-Cola Under-17 tournament last year, started cautiously but once they got into their rhythm, there was no stopping them. 

They had four players from the Coca-Cola side and two of them – Mohd Faizal Othman and Fahrul Nizwan Abdul Nasir – were on target for them yesterday. 

SURROUNDED: Sabah's Ehsan Amidin (No.2) tries to dribble his way through the Selangor defence during their Group A Under-18 match of the National Schools Football Championships in Ipoh Friday.

Faizal, from High School Kajang, opened the scoring for Selangor in the 26th minute with a rifled shot from just inside the penalty box. 

Sabah should have levelled in the 42nd minute but Ricky John blew it when he tapped wide with only the Selangor goalkeeper to beat. 

Selangor then went 2-0 up in the 47th minute through Fahrul, who nodded in a high cross from the right. 

Hosts Perak, meanwhile, had been expected to easily beat Labuan in a Group C match. However, they were shocked when Labuan held them to a goalless draw at the Abdul Jalil Padang. 

RESULTS 

Under-18: Sabah 0 Selangor 3, Malacca 1 Negri Sembilan 2, Perlis 2 Johor 3, Penang 0 Kelantan 1, Labuan 0 Perak 0, Kedah 1 Sarawak 0, Kuala Lumpur 3 Pahang 2. 

Under-15: Pahang 1 Labuan 2, Kelantan 3 Kedah 2, Johor 1 Penang 1, Sabah 1 Malacca 3, Perak 1 Kuala Lumpur 1, Negri Sembilan 1 Sarawak 0, Terengganu 4 Perlis 0. 

Under-12: Sabah 1 Pahang 6, Negri Sembilan 0 Johor 6, Kuala Lumpur 3 Selangor 1 

TODAY'S MATCHES 

Under-18 (all matches at 5pm): Terengganu vs Sabah (Star A), Negri Sembilan vs Perlis (STAR B), Johor vs Malacca (Taman DR B), Kelantan vs Labuan (Abdul Jalil), Perak vs Penang (Anderson), Sarawak vs Kuala Lumpur (Technical), Pahang vs Kedah (STAR A). 

Under-15 (all matches at 8am): Selangor vs Pahang (STAR B), Kedah vs Johor (Taman DR A), Penang vs Kelantan (Taman DR B), Malacca vs Perak (Abdul Jalil), Kuala Lumpur vs Sabah (Anderson), Sarawak vs Terengganu (Technical School), Perlis vs Negri Sembilan (STAR A). 

Under-12 (all matches at 8am): Kedah vs Sabah (Ipoh Padang B),Johor vs Kuala Lumpur (Ipoh Padang C), Selangor vs Negri Sembilan (Ipoh Padang A). 

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