Defending champions Kuala Lumpur got off to a fantastic start by trashing Selangor 5-1 in the MHC-Milo-NSC-MOE National Under 14 Tournament in Seremban.
But it was a sad opening day for hosts Negeri Sembilan who succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Perak.
Kavinash Panicker scored in the 15th and 27th minutes to give the city side a 2-1 lead going into halftime after Muhd Faisol Rozihan had reduced the deficit for Selangor two minutes before halftime.
Mohd Hazim Ariffin scored the third in the 44th minute before a brace by Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin Wan Ameer Ruzman in the 47th and 52nd minutes sealed a comprehensive win for Kuala Lumpur.
“It is always good to start a tournament with a win and I am happy with the result and performance. There was no jitters and the players played to instructions,” said KL coach Mohd Madzli Ikmar.
“Our finishing could have been better though as we created many chances but things ought to pick up as the tournament progresses.
In another Group A match, Kelantan edged Perlis 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Mohammad Norshahrezan Mat Jusoh who converted a penalty corner in the 31st minute.
Meanwhile in Group B, Penang defeated Kedah 3-1 while Malacca edged Sabah 2-1.
Penang opened scoring in the 14th minute through Mohd Farhan Rozi. And the islanders doubled their advantage through the efforts of Afif Haikal Mohd Azhar three minutes later.
Mohd Ismady Alis reduced the deficit for Kedah in the 20th minute but Farhan scored his second and Penang’s third in the 46th minutes.
Malacca led Sabah with goals from Muhd Imran Ibrahim (34th minute) and Amirul Syukri Nazaruddin (44th minute). Though Sabah managed to score through a penalty corner converted by Mohd Aswat Merit in the 47th minute, they just coukld not find the equalizer.
Kuala Lumpur 5 Selangor 1
Kelantan 1 Perlis 0
Malacca 2 Sabah 1
Penang 3 Kedah 1
Perak 3 Negri Sembilan 1
Fixtures – Saturday, November 17
0800H – Johor v Pahang
1600H – Kuala Lumpur v Perlis
0800H – Terengganu v Sabah
1630H – Perak v Kedah
1800H – Malacca v Negri Sembilan