Friday, December 16, 2011


Malaysia will take on Singapore in the final of the 2nd SEA Cup in Yangon on Saturday and should have no problem defending the title based on their current form.

The defending champions showed their class when they trashed Myanmar 12-1 while Singapore too were in rampant mood, trashing Thailand 5-0 to book their place.

"We ought to win the title given the fact that we are far superior then the other teams in the tournament," said team manager M. Gobinathan.

"Having said that we are not taking things for granted as we treat all teams with respect and Singapore have been playing well.

"I am impressed with the commitment from the players who remain focused at the task at hand and give it their all in the matches played."

The toast of the Malaysian side was skipper Ismail Abu who scored five goals in the match. Not only did he show that he was a clinical finisher but Ismail played an inspiring role, often setting up his teammates and spurring the younger set of players on with words of encouragement.

Malaysia opened scoring in the 8th minute through Ismail who then doubled the advantage in the 11th minute.

Ganeisha Tamil Chelvam then increased the lead, putting the finishing touches after Ismail had burst through the right in the 16the minute.

Four goals in the space of 10 minutes saw Malaysia surge to a 8-0 lead with Kevin Khartik (22nd minute PC), Dedi Ariyadi (24th minute FG), Chua Boon Huat (25th minute FG) and Muhammad Redzhwan (32nd minute FG) putting their names on the scoresheet.

Upon resumption Ismail scored in the 38th minute to make it 9-0 before Than Htut Win scored for Myanmar off a penalty corner in the 50th minute.

Ismail then scored two quick goals in the 53rd and 56th minutes before Muhammad Amerullah rounded up the scored by scoring the 12th in the 64th minute.


3/4th Placing

1.30pm - Myanmar v Thailand


3.30pm - Malaysia v Singapore