#STAR Klang and Gerakan Belia 4B make it thru to the finals, IIUM Mustang checking into the Division 3 Finals
#STAR Klang and Gerakan Belia 4B Puchong qualified to the finals of the school division 5 in contrasting fashions
STAR Klang were lucky to record a come from behind victory as they faced a fast and organized SJI Warrriors. SJI Warriors started off strongly with Mohd Fareez Khairul using his hard pushes and slap shots to the maximum to penetrate the Star Klang defence. It was thru such a pass where SJI Warriors were awarded a penalty corner and Mohd Fareez Khairul converted it with a strong flick past the keeper.
SJI Warriors were not able to convert their chances and could have gone 2 goals clear heading to half time.
STAR Klang regrouped and clearly were the better team in the second half with Mohd Zafri Afiq leading him team in search of the equalizer. A minute before the end of the third quarter they were rewarded as Mohd Zafri Afiq was at the right time and place to pounce on the loose ball and get the equalizer.
In the last quarter SJI Warriors were on the back foot and STAR Klang smelling victory threw everything into the attack. SJI Warriors defended stoutly but STAR Klang were not to be denied their place in the finals as Mohd Zafri Afiq’s penalty corner conversion on the 54th minute was enough to take his team into the finals.
Favourites Gerakan Belia 4B has to thank their lucky stars that Pengkalang Permatang did not capitalize on their opponent’s poor start. The Kuala Selangor based team has 4 clear chances in the opening 20 minutes, have only themselves to blame for not converting them.
Gerakan Belia finally got their act together and scored their first goal in the 23rd minutes via a penalty conversion by Mohd Helmi Zulkepli. The goal seem to take the sting out of the Pengkalang Permatang team as then went into the break.
Gerakan Belia struck 2 minutes into after the break via Mohd Helmi Zulkepli penalty corner conversion and its down hiss for Pengkalang Permatang after that as Gerakan Belia got their 3rd goal 4 minutes later thru Mohg Noor Syazwan field goal.
In the last quarter it was all going Gerakan Belia’s way as they scored in the 52nd minute thru Mohd Alif Salehan and Mohd Zikry Shamsudin scored in the last minute to ride out as victors.
Gerakan Belia 4B will face STAR Klang in the finals to be held at MBPJ Stadium on Saturday October 15th at 6.45pm
In the Division 3 semifinals IIUM Mustang faced a gritty Goodwood HC team before emerging as victors in a closely fought match. The Mustangs scored first as Mohd Safwan Omen finished off penalty corner set piece on the 5th minute and went on to double their lead on the 16th minute Mohd Saufi Yasin sounded the board.
Goodwood HC pull one back when they were awarded a penalty stroke on the 19th minute and Indran Manikam made no mistake form the spot.
IIUM Mustang and Goodwood HC started the third quarter strongly as the game went back and forth but again it was IIUM Mustang who found an opening on the 49th minute thru a Mohd Nizar Said field goal. Goodwood HC tried their best to get into the game but the Mustang defended well.
Goodwood pulled one goal back as Yogendran Jeyagandhi scored two minutes from time but it was a little too late.
Senil Solution will take on River Blue Kuala Selangor on the other semifinals on Thursday and the winners will face IIUM Mustang in the finals to be held on Saturday Oct 15 at 8.15pm also in MBPJ Stadium.
In Division 1, Defending Champions Uitm kicked off their defence of their title with a back to back victory on the opening weekend. UIMT trashed PAUiTM 11-1 and saw off MBPJ 6-2. With 9 trams in division 1 every match is going to count. Newcomers UPM-KPT also signaled their intension to challenge for the Division 1 title with a convincing 2-0 victory over the Bukit Jalil Sports School boys.