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Monday, April 29, 2013

Elusive points

New Sabah Times
BETTER PLAY, BUT … Rainol (No 7) only managed to see his attempt blocked by a defender and even team-mate Mohd Nor Azuan (No 2) failed to pounce on the loose ball and hit it into the back of the net.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Cebagoo FC squandered the opportunity to avenge a first round defeat to Harimau Muda C (3-1) after merely managing to settle for a one-all draw in the second round opener of the FAM Cup tie at the UMS Stadium yesterday. The hosts created enough chances to take all the three points, but poor finishing denied them of nicking their first win in five matches.

 In fact, they started the tie brightly and managed to take the lead through Rainol Masaat’s 20th minute effort, but Harimau Muda C put things on level terms on the 33 minutes when skipper Faris Shah slotted home from close range during a goalmouth melee. As the match approached the half time break, Cebagoo FC almost restored their lead, but unfortunately this time Rainol, who picked up a rebound before unleashing a powerful low drive saw his attempt from just seven yards out blocked by the Harimau Muda C custodian Syiham Hazmi.

 The first half ended one-all. After the break, Harimau Muda C, who won the first round battle against the host, upped their tempo, and obviously had better of the possession, but Cebagoo stoutly defended their half. Late on, they could have taken the lead, when Rainol won a through ball, and only had the keeper to beat, but unfortunately, his weak attempt was blocked by a defender.

Mohd Nor Azuan Shah also failed to connect the rebound. And that summed up Cebagoo’s day. Head coach Razali Zinin when met after the match, was a bit disappointed in not taking all the three points. “We played much, much better than our previous meeting. In fact, with better finishing we could have won.

Although, they controlled the game, especially in the second half, but still, if we converted the chances we created, we could have had a different ending. “Nevertheless, a point is better than nothing at all, and I hope the players will take it from here and start to produce results in our upcoming games,” said Razali.

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