The FAS competition committee, headed by Datuk Emran Kadir, are expected to haul up Anggerik for their absence as well as unsporting behaviour. A competition committee member said Anggerik’s action had brought disrepute to the league.
“It was a crucial match and a semi-final berth was at stake. They should have honoured the fixture but chose otherwise. Their action was also not fair to the other teams in the group. The committee will have to take a stern action against Anggerik,” said the member.
If Anggerik earned the wrath of the FAS competition, Kuala Langat District Football Association were praised for their sportsmanship. Hong Chin manager A. Kogilan said Kuala Langat District Football Association were not in the chase for honours in the league.
“But they came all the way from Banting and played the match. In fact, they played well and gave us a tough time. We had to work hard for the win. We have to respect them for giving us an exciting fight,” said Kogilan. Kuala Langat District Football Association started the match on an impressive note and tested Hong Chin goalkeeper S. Devandran from the first whistle.
Kuala Langat District Football Association captain Zulbadly Ismail, playing in midfield, was an inspiration to his teammates. Hong Chin, one of the pioneer teams in the FAS league, needed only a draw to get a semi-final berth. They played with caution as a defeat will deny them the chance. After a scoreless first half, Hong Chin scored their opening goal in the 51st minute when hardworking striker D. Naven scored past a helpless Muhammad Asil Syafiq Sehrifodin.
Despite trailing 0-1, Kuala Langat District Football Association, comprising a group of youngsters from Banting, were eager to end the season on a winning note and troubled Hong Chin’s defence. But Devandran and the defence marshalled by skipper R. Kalaiselvan were in an uncompromising mood.
As the minutes were ticking away, Naven was on target again in the 89th minute to secure a 2-0 win as well as a place in the semi-finals. The semi-finals will see Hong Chin take on Subang Jaya Municipal Council and Port Rangers to play Emkay-NPNG. Kogilan said they were expecting a tough encounter against Subang Jaya Municipal Council.
“A few of our players are injured. We hope they will recover in time for the semi-final match,” said Kogilan. Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani said they were well prepared to meet Port Rangers in the semi-finals. “After winning the Selangor FA Cup, the players are in high spirits. Port Rangers is one of the most consistent teams in the league. But we are confident of matching them,” said Michael.
In the Premier Division, Klang Gate qualified for the semi-finals after a hard fought 3-2 win over UiTM at the UiTM Sports Complex in Shah Alam.
In the semi-finals, Klang Gate will meet Selangor Indian Football Association and Megah Murni will clash with Anak Kalumpang.
In the Division One, Nilam Puri created an upset when they defeated favourites Bukit Rotan Baru 3-1 while Batu Caves edged Rovers 1-0.
Group B: Port Rangers bt Anggerik 3-0; Hong Chin bt Kuala Langat District Football Association 2-0.
Quarter-final: Klang Gate bt UiTM 3-2.
Quarter-final: Nilam Puri bt Bukit Rotan Baru 3-1; Batu Caves bt Rovers 1-0
Group D: AU2 bt PNMB 3-0.
*Sumber dari The Star