Apr 6, 2012

Sabahawks Junior 13th win of the season

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah President Cup squad turned on the power in the second half to thrash Melaka 4-0 at the Likas Stadium on Thursday evening.

The rain-interrupted match which was twice abandoned in the first 27 minutes saw the home team managing to score only a goal in the first half. 

It was difficult for both sets of players as the slippery pitch failed to generate any swift movement from both teams. It was not until the second restart that Sabah managed to test the Melaka keeper with several long range shots and it was Zackalani Antanom who unlocked the deadlock with a strike in the 37th minute. 

The second half was barely a minute on the clock when a corner taken by Sabri Sahar evaded all the Melaka players allowing Dendy Lowa the easiest of task to tap in from close range. 

Sabah missed several sitters after the goal and it was not until the introduction of top scorer Zulmansyah Aling that they finally added another goal. 

The Sandakan lad who was only called in to replace Eyo Mathew few minutes earlier unleashed a beauty with his first touch that hit the crossbar and crossed the line with the keeper well beaten in the 59th minute.
Maxsius Musa added another identical goal in the 80th minute to score Sabah's biggest winning margin in the competition so far. 

Team Manager Juil Nuatim who was a bit worried in the first half was delighted with the win at the end.
"We could have gone two up before the match was stopped for the first time. With the slippery condition, I was a bit worried that our players may not be able to play their best. Luckily they passed the test with flying colours and I am very happy for them." 

"I expected our boys to win the match comfortably after the 4-1 result in the earlier round but I was also surprised that Melaka fielded a different set of players altogether and I was made to understand that these are their Sukma squad players." 

Coach Johnny Dominicus was also pleased with the final outcome and the three points earned.
"It wasn't easy to play in that condition especially with the match twice abandoned and the strong wind condition. So to win by four goals was a very good result under the circumstances although it could have been more." 

The victory was Sabah's 13th in the campaign so far and they are currently top of Group A with 41 points.
Their next match will be another home tie against the Bukit Jalil Sports School next Monday (April 9). 

Sumber Berita:
Daily Express - 6 April 2012

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