SHARP-MALAY MAIL survived a furious on-slaught in the last 15 minutes to
edge Kuala Lumpur's Back-up squad 2-1 in a Dunhill League match at Bandar
Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.
The Back-up squad were certainly looking good for the equaliser
during this period and Sharp-MM goalkeeper M. Pavalamani had to make two
creditable saves to keep his team's 2-1 lead intact.
With this win, Sharp-MM have enhanced their chances of making the
semifinals. They are now in second spot with nine points from four
Sharp-MM started the match convincingly by executing clever moves
towards the goal but this lasted for only five minutes.
After this, it was Back-up who dictated the match and began to pile
up the pressure. It was not before long that they deservedly took the lead
with a goal by Ng Boo Cheng.
Inspired by this the youngsters were hungry for more with strikers
Boo Cheng and Mohamad Sham Mohamad Nor getting good support from midfield.
The Sharp-MM defence led by See Kim Seng and S. Tamilaresan had to work
Midway through the first half, Sharp-MM began to reorganize
themselves and finally equalised in the 28th minute through S. Muniathy
after receiving a backpass from K. Kannan.
Sharp-MM continued to mount the pressure and in the 40th minute Kim
Seng made it 2-1 with a powerful freekick from 30 metres.
P W D L P A Pt
City Hall 3 3 0 0 11 1 9
Sharp MM 4 3 0 1 8 6 9
Police 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
Back-Up 3 1 0 2 4 8 3
Felda 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
BSN 3 0 0 3 2 9 0