Defending champions Kuala Lumpur have virtually book their place in the semis of the MHC-MIL0-NSC-MOE National Under 14 after they came from a goal down to defeat Pahang 4-1.
And on the adjacent pitch, Negeri Sembilan were dealt a cruel blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sabah.
With the draw, Negri now face an uphill task in trying to make the last four as they have to defeat Terengganu and await the outcome of matches involving Penang.
Last year losing finalists Terengganu are out of the running for a place in the semis after they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Kedah.
Penang did their hopes a world of good by trashing Malacca 7-0 to enhance their chances in moving into semis from Group B.
KL have 10 points from four matches and have Kelantan to play on Friday, a match that could well decide who tops Group A as the east coast side need to defeat Johor to set up the showdown for group champions.
Perak only need one point from their remaining two matches, against Malacca tomorrow and Penang on Friday to seal their place.
“Although we are sitting pretty we just cannot afford to take things for granted and have to play our very best. In age group tournaments nothing is certain and thus we have to remain cautious,” said Perak team manager Manjit Singh.
“It is quite open at the moment as three teams, Perak, Penang and Negri are in the running for a place in the last four. And I expect it to boil down to matches on Friday to determine the semifinalists.”
Pahang opened scoring in the 34th minute through Jamal Abdul Hassan. But the city side hit back with goals from Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin Ameer Ruzman (47th minute) and a hattrick by Mohd Fitri Khairul Arrifin ( 59th, 61st and 70th minutes) to take all three points.
For hosts Negri, they only have themselves to blame for failing to win all three points after taking the lead through Mahathir Rathuwan in the 23rd minute. They created numerous chances but could not add on to their tally.
And Sabah punished them with an equaliser in the 56th minute through Mohd Shafiq Zapi to share the spoils.
In the Kedah and Terengganu, it was Kedah who stunned the east coast side with a goal in the 51st minute through Mahamad Syafiq Ikmal Md Fauzi. Terengganu drew level ten minutes later through Wan Muhammad Azlan Wan Rozaimi.
Terengganu are on five points after four matches and will face Penang and Negri Sembilan respectively and could play spoilers role as both their opponents are fighting for the second spot in Group B with Perak almost assured of the top spot.
0800H – Johor v Kelantan
1600H – Perlis v Selangor
0800H – Kedah v Sabah
1630H – Perak v Malacca
1800H – Terengganu v Penang
Selangor 0 Kelantan 2
Kuala Lumpur 4 Pahang 1
Kedah 1 Terengganu 1
Sabah 1 Negri Sembilan 1
Malacca 0 Penang 7
P W D L F A PTS
K. Lumpur 4 3 1 0 12 4 10
Kelantan 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
Johor 3 1 1 1 8 4 4
Selangor 3 1 0 2 4 8 3
Pahang 4 0 2 2 2 11 2
Perlis 3 0 1 2 2 4 1
P W D L F A PTS
Perak 4 4 0 0 13 2 12
N. Sembilan 5 3 1 1 14 9 10
Penang 4 3 0 1 20 8 9
Terengganu 4 1 2 1 6 6 5
Malacca 4 1 1 2 5 13 4
Kedah 4 0 1 3 2 11 1
Sabah 5 0 1 4 5 16 1