Pelangi Stage Gallant Comeback To Draw With Megah Murni In Thrilling Encounter

 

Megah Murni, who defeated Suriavilla 7-1 the previous week, were expected to beat Pelangi. But surprisingly, Pelangi were the aggressive side from the first whistle. Megah Murni goalkeeper R. Yugentaran was in good form and denied Pelangi any goals in the opening 10 minutes.

Megah Murni gained the momentum and after several missed attempts scored in the 14th minute when M. Terence fired a curling free kick past a rooted Pelangi goalkeeper Alif Sufri Mohtar.

Alif was beaten again two minutes later. This time, captain D. Kogilan scored. Megah Murni and Pelangi had several open chances but failed to make them count in the first half.

The second half resumed with Pelangi playing with confidence and were impressive in their build-up. And they punished Megah Murni for their sloppy defence in the 60th minute when Mohd Ikhwan Abu Kassim scored.

The goal was an inspiration to Pelangi and they played with confidence. Ten minutes later, they earned a penalty and once again Mohd Ikhwan made no mistake from the spot kick.

Pelangi president Mohamed Yasin praised his players for their gallant performance.

“It was an excellent fightback from our players. We could have collected maximum points but a draw is better than losing,” he said.

Megah Murni president G. Gunabalan was not so happy about sharing the points with Pelangi.

“We should have won the match. It looks like the players took it easy and we have to win our next match to be assured of place in the quarter-finals,’’ he said.

In Group B, Rising Star also stayed in contention for a place in the quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over BBPJ at the Rubber Research Institute ground in Sungai Buloh.

Megah Murni have 17 points from five wins and two draws. Pelangi have 13 points from three wins and four draws. Rising Star, who have played one match less, have 12 points from four wins and two defeats.

Incidentally, Megah Murni’s last group match is against Rising Star while Pelangi have to meet Hallo Hallo Melevar.

Selangor Indian Football Asso-ciation strengthened their claim for the place in the quarter-finals when they defeated Kulitkraf 7-0 in a Group B match at the ILSAS ground in Bangi. Selangor Indian Football Association have 18 points from six wins and a loss.

In Group D, Anak Kalumpang maintained their unbeaten record when they defeated MPKE 2-1 at Taman Berjaya and have 18 points from six wins.

In the Super Division, Emkay-NPNG went on a scoring spree and defeated Saridee 8-0 in a Group A match at the PKNS Sports Complex in Kelana Jaya. The win was Emkay-NPNG’s sixth in the group and have 18 points. Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) are leading the table with 21 points from seven outings.

In Group B, Hong Chin notched their third win when they de-feated Selangor Indian Association 5-0 at the Proton ground in Shah Alam. Unbeaten Kuala Langat District Football Association are leading the 10-team table with 12 points from three wins and three draws.

Bukit Rotan Baru are going great in Division One. They continued their winning streak in Group C when they defeated Lucky Star 6-0 at Taman Kanching.

Following the win Bukit Rotan Baru have 30 points from 10 wins.

In Group B, Batu Caves maintained their clean record when they defeated New Rangers 3-0 at Taman Kanching. Batu Caves have 23 points from seven wins and two draws.

Group C leaders Pos Selangor suffered a setback to their quarter-finals hope when they lost 3-2 to Nusantara at Taman Kanching.

Despite the loss, Pos Selangor remained on top with 19 points as second placed Suka-ramai, with 18 points, went down 3-1 to Rovers.

RESULTS

Super
Group A: Emkay-NPNG bt Sarideee 8-0.
Group B: Anggerik bt Malaysia Airlines 4-0; Hong Chin bt Selangor Indian Association 5-0.

Premier
Group A: Rising Star bt BBPJ 1-0; Megah Murni drew Pelangi 2-2; Damansara Bersatu bt Royal Selangor Club 3-0.
Group B: Putra Subang drew Sri Remaja 2-2; Sharpees bt Grasshopper 5-0; Selangor Indian Football Association bt Kulitkraf 7-0.
Group C: Selangor Chinese Recreation Club bt Puchong Rangers 3-0; Kuala Langat Indian Football Association bt Horizon 3-0.
Group D: Anak Kalumpang bt MPKE 2-1; Shah Alam City Council bt Medan Harmoni 4-0.

Division One
Group A: Hulu Langat District Football Association bt Taman Cuepacs 3-0; Damansara bt Starbrite 3-0; Sri Suria bt Nilam Puri 5-0.
Group B: Red Giants bt PNMB 3-0; Batu Caves bt New Rangers 3-0.
Group C: FRIM bt Bukit Lanchong 3-0; Bukit Rotan Baru bt Lucky Star 6-0; Waja bt Lighthouse 6-0; Selayang bt Petaling District Football Association 3-0.
Group D: Vulcans drew IC Subang 0-0; Rovers bt Sukaramai 3-1; Nusantara bt Pos Selangor 3-2; Padang Jawa drew Setia Kelana 1-1.

*Sumber Dari StarMetro

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