“We had also advised the players to be cautious to avoid injuries.
“We have to praise our players for taking the challenge and getting the win,” said Adam.
The match was an exciting one as Belia Selangor, looking for their third win in the Super Division, were aggressive. But their strikers found the Hong Chin defence difficult to beat.
Hong Chin goalkeeper S. Devandran was also intimidating and never allowed the Belia Selangor strikers — R. Devagar, Muhamad Arif Mohamed Anwar, K. Kannan and Mohamad Sharul Nizam Zainal — any room to score.
However, Muhamad Sharul managed to beat Devandran in the 20th minute.
The one-goal advantage was an inspiration to Belia Selangor who continued to dominate the match. But they could not score.
Hong Chin, on the other end, were relying on quick counter attacks and Belia Selangor goalkeeper Emric Tan Jian Sern was busy denying the Hong Chin strikers.
After the break, Hong Chin were a rejuvenated side and were looking for the equaliser. And it came in the 60th minute when R. Vijayaram scored past Emric.
Belia Selangor, realising that the match was getting out of hand, increased the pace and were rewarded in the 78th minute when Muhamad Arif scored.
But Hong Chin, with skipper R. Kalaiselvam encouraging his teammates, continued to torment the Belia Selangor defence but failed to get the equaliser.
Referee Roslan Yusof was just as busy as he had to keep a close watch on the players.
Five players — Belia Selangor’s Mohamed Amin Rahimi Mahad and Muhammad Ali Hanafiah Mohd Zarudin, as well as Hong Chin’s S. Kumaresan, N. Kanapathy and Vijayaram were shown the yellow card for rough play.
Adam said they had played another seasoned side, Port Rangers, the previous week and it was also a tough match.
“Now we have about four players injured.
“Our captain K. Vasudevan is nursing a knee injury and will be out for sometime.
“We don’t have any matches this weekend and the players will welcome the rest,” said Adam.
In another Group B match, Kuala Langat District FA and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) shared the points after playing to a scoreless draw at Jugra Stadium.
In Group A, defending champions Emkay-NPNG continued their winning streak when they defeated UMW 5-0 while Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) notched a 3-0 win over Sultan Sulaiman Club (KSS).
Meanwhile, Royal Selangor Club (RSC), who lost 1-10 to Megah Murni last week, recorded their first win in the Premier Division when they edged Suriavilla 1-0 in a Group A match at Bukit Kiara.
Group A: Emkay-NPNG bt UMW 5-0; MPSJ bt Sultan Sulaiman Club 3-0; Proton bt Saridee 2-0;
Group B: Belia Selangor bt Hong Chin 2-1; Kuala Langat District FA drew MAS 0-0;
Group A: Royal Selangor Club bt Suriavilla 1-0;
Group B: Putra Subang drew Sharpees 1-1; Sri Remaja bt Grasshopper 1-0
Group C: Horizon bt Puchong Rangers 4-0; SCRC bt Samudra 1-0;
Group D: Anak Kalumpang bt Putra Perwira 3-1; MPKE drew Victoria 1-1;
Group A: Sri Suria bt Damansara 3-1; Nusantara bt Lembaga Zakat 5-1; SB My World bt Sungai Linau 3-2; Hulu Langat DFA bt Iman Permata 1-0;
Group B: AU2 bt Sunday Cowboys 1-0; Red Giants bt Turi 1-0; New Rangers bt PNMB 1-0; Khaff bt Kelisa 8-0; Gen Pro drew Batu Caves 1-1;
Group C: Setiajaya bt Lighhouse 5-0; Bukit Lanchong bt Armada 3-1; Selayang bt TPCA 3-0; Petaling District FA bt Waja 5-2;
Group D: Mutiara KD drew Vulcans 1-1; Rovers bt Koperasi Cuepacs 2-0
*Sumber dari Starmetro