KUALA TERENGGANU (14 JUNE, 2013): Shah Alam-based M.AC. FC and Terengganu’s Gelombang FC cruised to easy wins in the Red Bull Futsal Tri-Nations Cup 2013 at Stadium Negeri in Kuala Terengganu today.
An eight-goal blitz by Mohammad Azwann Ismail saw M.A.C. FC scored 21 goals past Singapore’s Mountbatten FC ‘B’. The other scorers are Zulkhairi Ahmad (3), Shukri Mat Pilus (3), and Nurnaim Abu Nangin (2), while Ahmad Faizal, Mohd Azrisham Mat Soom, Muhammad Fitri Yatim and Akmal Yazadh Amri grabbed one a piece.
Gelombang FC brushed off Mountbatten FC ‘A’ 19-1 in a late night match.
However, the fate of both Malaysian clubs of advancing to the final will be known on Saturday. M.A.C. FC will take on Brunei’s Indera SC Futsal while Gelombang FC goes into showdown with Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council.
Brunei champions Indera SC Futsal, and Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council, had earlier in the day made mincemeats of their Singaporean opponents. Indera SC, backed by several players who were called up for national centralised training last month, sent Mountbatten FC ‘B’ reeling to a 15-3 defeat while Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council followed up with a 14-2 win over Mountbatten FC ‘A’.
Though the scoreline indicates an easy win for Indera SC, this was not the case as in reality they were made to work hard for the goals against a Singaporean side that seem to have lost its focus midway through the match.
Mohammad Faiz Hasnan, Mohammad Safwan Mohd Safri and Junaidi Jumat fired home hat-trick for Indera SC, while Nawawi Mohd Yazid recorded a brace followed by a goal each from Mohamed Nor Azizam Roslan, Mohamed Ulfi Aminuddin, AK Naquib Muhammad Pengiran Timbang and Mohamed Amirulizam Punggut.
Mountbatten FC ‘B’ replied through Mohammad Shafeeq Kwee Abdullah (penalty), Abdul Rahim Rahmat and Syed Naqib Allattsas.
An elated Indera SC team manager, Aminuddin Nasuha, said he did not expect the Singaporeans to give them victory on a silver platter as he had expected some form of competition.
“It was a good practice match for us though I was surprised by Mountbatten FC ‘B’ performance. Nevertheless, my players warmed up to the occasion. It was a good score in our first match and now we look forward to playing M.A.C. FC from Malaysia,” said Aminuddin.
With Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council constantly on the offensive mode, Mountbatten FC ‘A’ also was left struggling to keep up with the pace and it was only a matter of time before they crumbled.
Brunei’s Armed Forces outfit scored through AK Kamarulzaman Pengiran Kamaluddin (4 goals), Mohd Zairul Hazmin (3), Mohd Khirol Effendi (2) while Masronie Joinidi, Saiful Azmi, Mohammad Arima Marali, Mohamed Fadzil Ismail and Harun Osman scored one goals each. Razman Ishak and Muhammad Sharin Majid replied for Mountbatten FC ‘A’.
Today: 10am – M.A.C. FC (Malaysia) v Indera SC Futsal (Brunei); 12.30pm – Gelombang FC (Malaysia) v MS ABDB (Brunei); Third-Fourth placing (6.00pm); Final (8.00pm).
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