MALACCA: Last year’s runners-up Kuala Lumpur charged into the second round of the Coca-Cola Under-16 football tournament in grand style but reigning champions Kedah failed to make the cut.
KL whipped Perlis 3-0 at the SMK Klebang ground to finish top of Group B with a maximum of nine points from three matches. The City boys only came alive after the break and netted through Mohd Badrulhisham Azmi (44th), Nor Adli Affendi (54th) and Mohd Izham Abu Bakar (65th).
Kelantan squeezed into the second round despite being edged by arch rivals Terengganu 1-0 today. Although they lost to a goal from Mohd Nasir Mustaffa in the 65th minute, Kelantan squeezed through as the second best team from Group B.
Reigning champions Kedah needed a hatful of goals against Sarawak yesterday but only managed a 2-1 win. Selangor and Sarawak advanced from Group A on better goal difference.
Kedah scored a brace through Raj Kumar Mutthy in the seventh and 13th minutes while Sarawak ensured their place in the next round with a goal from Roderic Smo in the 30th minute.
Perak secured their berth in the second round when they held Penang to a 1-1 draw in a Group C match. Penang’s Mahathir Mohamed opened accounts in the 16th minute while Norshahril Ainol sealed Perak’s place in the 42nd minute.
The second round will kick-off today with the six teams being divided into two groups.
The winners of each group will face each other in the final on Sunday.
Group A: Kedah 2 Sarawak 1
Group B: KL 3 Perlis 0, Kelantan 0 Terengganu 1
Group C: Perak 1 Penang 1
Second round qualifiers: Selangor, Sarawak, KL, Kelantan, Penang and Perak.