Sweet Revenge for SMK Tunku Anum
|Posted on 13 May 2013|
ALOR STAR (13 May 2013) – SMK Tunku Anum of Kedah exacted sweet revenge when they turned the tables on SMK Mutiara Impian of Penang to score a 2-0 victory in the first game of the second round of the Minister of Education Under-14 Super League at the SMK Tunku Anum Mini Stadium on the weekend.
SMK Tunku Anum celebrate. On the right is Mohamad Yazman Mohd Sihimi while on the left is Muhammad Farez Aiman Marzuki.
SMK Mutiara Impian, who had scored a 1-0 win over SMK Tunku Anum in the last game of the first round the previous week, did not have the answer against the defending champions when Mohamad Yazman Mohd Sohimi in the 36th minute and Muhammad Farez Aiman Marzuki in the 57th minute found the back of the net.
“Generally, we played better against them this time round,” said SMK Tunku Anum chief coach Basirul Abu Bakar. “Certainly the forward line was much better but we need to pick up the pace in the run up to the end of the group stage.”
While the win was a positive outing for the northerners, they still remained on third in the Super League standings behind leaders SMK Mutiara Impian and second-placed SMK Putera of Kelantan.
SMK Mutiara Impian chief coach Muhd Rakhi Saad said that two goals were really soft goals as a result of two mistakes from goalkeeper Muhd Faiz Aminuddin.
“After we conceded the first goal, we pushed the players hard in the second half for the equaliser but we conceded another soft goal from the mistake of the goalkeeper,” said Muhd Rakhi.
“But we are still at the top of the standings where at this point in time, it is best that we keep to our initial target of just qualifying for the next round.”
For SMK Putera, they kept up the pressure at the top of the Super League with another sterling performance when they edged SMK Seri Titiwangsa of Kuala Lumpur 2-1.
Two goals in the first half off Mohammad Norkhairul Amri Sabaruddin (15th minute) and Nik Akif Shahiran Nik Mat (26th minute) were enough for SMK Putera to win the full points even though the city side did pull a goal back from Muhammad Syukri Mohamad’s 53rd minute effort.
In the Premier League division, SMK Syed Hassan of Perlis edged SMK Seri Kota of Melaka 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming off Muhammad Izhar Rafi in the 17th minute.
In the meantime in the Ministry of Education League Under-17, defending champions SMK Tunku Anum fell to their first defeat of the season when they slumbered to a 3-0 loss at home to SMK Mutiara Impian.
All three goals were scored by Muhammad Fitri Che Hassan in the 47th, 66th and 90th minute. Incidentally, Fitri had previously played for SMK Tunku Anum for three season before moving to Penang at the start of this year.
“It is unfortunate to score against my former team but this is football,” said Fitri. “I’m just glad that we were the ones to beat SMK Tunku Anum as they have been unbeaten since the whole of last year.”
Elsewhere, SMK Seri Titiwangsa beat SMK Putera 2-0 as SMK Seri Kota beat SMK Syed Hassan 3-1. SMK Tun Hussein Onn edged SMK Gunung Rapat 3-1.
The MELC and 100PLUS Super Cup are among several youth programmes and competitions supported by 100PLUS, Malaysia’s leading isotonic beverage.
The others include the 100PLUS Malaysian Junior Golf Open and the 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit.100PLUS is recommended by the National Sports Council.
SMK Tunku Anum (KEDAH) 2
SMK Mutiara Impian (PENANG) 0
SMK Seri Titiwangsa (KUALA LUMPUR) 1
SMK Putera (KELANTAN) 2
SMK Gunung Rapat (PERAK) 0
SMK Tun Hussein Onn (JOHOR) 2
SMK Seri Kota (MELAKA) 0
SMK Syed Hassan (PERLIS) 1
SMK Tunku Anum (KEDAH) 0
SMK Mutiara Impian (PENANG) 3
SMK Seri Titiwangsa (KUALA LUMPUR) 2
SMK Putera (KELANTAN) 0
SMK Seri Kota (MELAKA) 3
SMK Syed Hassan (PERLIS) 1
SMK Gunung Rapat (PERAK) 1
SMK Tun Hussein Onn (JOHOR) 3
Bukit Jalil Sports School (U14) 0
SMK Seberang Temerloh (PAHANG) 2