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Wednesday, September 26, 2001

M-Cup - Sabah hammered by Penang 5-0

BATU KAWAN: Premier I champions Penang went on a goal spree, hammering Sabah 5-0, to wrap up the first round of their Malaysia Cup Group D in style at the State Stadium here yesterday.

It took substitute Suthesh Sankaran Nair to get the Panthers going.

With the Panthers firing blanks for the first 30 minutes, Penang coach Irfan Bakti threw in the midfielder and he turned the match around with the first goal just three minutes later.

Promising youngster Zailani Jaafar then helped himself to two goals in the 41st and 61st minutes before Mohd Aiman Wong (51st) and Mohd Noor Derus (90th) sealed victory.

In another Group D match at Stadium Utama in Kangar, Perlis and Kedah JKR drew 0-0.

Penang took to the field without the suspended R. Suresh Nair in midfield, and nearly took the lead twice in the first four minutes.

First Aiman Wong had Sabah goalkeeper Khairul Azman diving full stretch to turn away his 25m freekick. From the ensuing corner, Ng Kok Heng’s header beat Khairul but not the woodwork.

Sabah, however, were not rattled. With experienced players like K. Sanbagamaran, Shahrin Majid, Rizal Sukiman, Julius Ating and Henry Sompion on the field, the Premier II runners-up tried to turn the tide against the Premier I champions.

Penang continued to flex their muscles and nearly opened accounts in the 28th minute when Mohd Noor’s right footer took a deflection and rocked the post.

Then came the turning point. Irfan replaced the ineffective Mohd Fareed Shah with Suthesh Nair at the half hour mark.

Suthesh took just three minutes to make his mark. Pouncing on Kok Heng’s cross, Suthesh beat the rooted Khairul to put Penang ahead in the 33rd minute.

Eight minutes later, Suthesh turned provider, wriggling his way into the heart of the Sabah goal before slipping a pass to Zailani to finish off the move.

After coming close twice to stretching their lead, Mohd Aiman snapped onto a Mohd Derus cross to let fly from 25 metres for the third in the 51st minute.

Penang netted the fourth just 10 minutes later through Zailani. Mohd Noor then completed the rout by volleying home goal number five at the stroke of full-time.

Source: The Star

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