Saturday, March 12, 2011


Negri Sembilan continued their fine run in the National Under 16 tournament when they defeated Penang 7-2 at the Ministry of Education Stadium in Pantai this morning.

This was their second win in as many matches, having disposed off Singapore with a 5-1 win yesterday, thus installing them as the favourites to progress from Group B for the knockout stages.

Negri have a deadly goal scorer in the likes of Muhd Ikhwan Ishak, who struck a hattrick in the game today, to add to his four goals against Singapore yesterday, thus making it seven goals in two matches thus far.

Negri opened scoring as early as the third minute through Muhd Ikwan Ishak but two strikes in the 5th and 10th minutes by Izaidi Ismail and Mohd Faridzul Izwan respectively gave the islanders a 2-1 lead. But Negri were undeterred and leveled the scores when Norhafizi Aris struck in the 15th minute.

Penang keeper Mohd Rafiuddin Mohd Dahari kept the Negri forwards at bay with a string of fine saves. But he was hapless when Mohd Shabariq Shamsuri scored in the 48th minute.

And Negri scored at will in the last ten minutes, through Mohd Fakhrul Razi Kunyapu (60th minute), Ikwan (62nd and 64th minutes) and Norhafizi (69th minute) to give them a comprehensive win.

Kelantan too were impressive in their 4-0 demolition of Terengganu with skipper Mohd Aminuddin Zain scoring a brace in the 35th and 59th minutes.

Mohd Safami Mohd Sayuti (46th minute) and Mohd Zikrillah Alias (55th minute) were also on target as Kelantan also notched up their second successive win, having disposed off the challenge of Perlis (3-1) the previous night.

Kedah, who drew their opening match against Penang on Friday, got all three points when they defeated Perlis 4-0.

Saturday Results

Morning Session

Group B
Negri Sembilan 7 Penang 2
Kedah 4 Perlis 0
Kelantan 4 Terengganu 0