Sunday, January 09, 2011

Alumni Cup First Round - ANSARA Taiping 1:1 (5:6) ALUMTEK

A week after our victory in ANSARA Cup, we are back playing in the knock out match of Alumni Cup. Our opponent this time is ALUMTEK, the runner-up of Division Two. They are going to be promoted to the Division One next season so this is a good opportunity to gauge their strength in preparation for our 2011 league campaign. 

We started the match with only 4 main players, with the rest made up from our second string ones. The reasons are because most of our main players are unable to come for this match and we also wanted to give the opportunity to those who didn't managed to play in the final last week to get some playing time today. What we didn't expect is that our opponent are quite a good team and we were constantly under attack by their speedy players. They capitalised on their speed to beat our offside trap and managed to be in the lead.

In the second half we replaced Kudin and Kamarul with Madun and Pak Lah to put more strength in our defense. Kerambit was fouled in the penalty area and Zainal decided to take the penalty. He coolly scored the equaliser. The score tied at 1-1 until the end of normal regulation time. Then it's time to take the penalty shoot-out. Both teams managed to score all the penalty. When it comes to sudden death, Jose blasted over the bar and their player didn't make any mistake to score from the spot.

We are out of the Alumni Cup but we didn't feel that bitter because at least we have won another Cup.

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