Monday, August 17, 2009


Defending champions Kuala Lumpur are all but out of the reckoning for the 47th edition of the Tun Razak Cup. They lost 3-2 to Malacca, their second defeat in the tournament, having lost 5-4 to the Project 2013 squad on Thursday.

The city side have only three points to show after three outings, as a result of their 3-2 win over Johor late Saturday night. And their match against Penang on Monday will be crucial for their survival. Penang surprisingly lost 4-2 to Negri Sembilan.

KL took the lead in the 16th minute through Mohd Sallehin Abdul Ghani but soon the city side were on the receiving end. B. Namasivayam equalized through a well worked penalty corner set piece in the 24th minute and Nor Ikhram Sulaiman put Malacca ahead two minutes before the breather.

Ahmad Anuar Sham Kamar scored Malacca’s third in the 39th minute and though KL pulled a goal back via a penalty corner converted by M. Kaliswaran six minutes from time, they lacked the decisiveness to find the equalizer.

Perhaps KL have a reason to feel aggrieved with the MHF as their match against Johor was only completed at 10.30pm last night. But then again Johor were in a more difficult position as they played Perak at 3.00pm today, barely 16 hours after completing their match against KL.

After the dust had settled at the end of day four of the Tun Razak Cup, the battle for the top two spots in Division One is now between Malacca, Johor and Project 2013. Malacca top the table with eight points from four matches followed by Project 2013 who have seven points, the same as Johor but sit second due to better goal difference.

In Division Two, Armed Forces and Singapore have booked their places in the semi finals from Group A and they will be joined by Kedah and Selangor from Group B. Armed Forces hammered Sabah 9-0 while Singapore edged PDRM 3-2 to book their places in the last four.

Johor were a goal down against Perak who had scored via Azlan Misron as early as the 9th minute. But two well struck penalty corners by Muhammad Nur Hafiq in the 63rd and 65th minutes gave them all three points.

Results (Saturday)

Division One
Penang 1 Malacca 2
Project 2013 1 Perak 1
Johor 2 Kuala Lumpur 3

Division Two
Group A
ATM 8 Brunei 0
Singapore 3 Sabah 0
Group B
Pahang 1 Kedah 2
Perlis 1 Selangor 6

Results (Sunday)

Division One
Perak 1 Johor 2
Kuala Lumpur 2 Malacca 3
N. Sembilan 4 Penang 2

Division Two
Group A
ATM 9 Sabah 0
PDRM 2 Singapore 3