MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: All square between Tunku Anum and Mutiara Impian
IN what was the top-of-the-table clash in Group B of the Ministry of Education Under-17 Youth League yesterday, SMK Tunku Anum of Kedah and SMK Mutiara Impian of Pulau Pinang battled to a 1-1 draw at the Tunku Anum Mini Stadium in Jitra.
Both teams have been in devastating form in the new season where after only four matches; they have knocked in a total of 29 goals between them.
And while there was an expectation that the clash would be nothing short of explosive, the 1-1 draw seemed a fair result.
SMK Tunku Anum took the lead in the 39th minute through Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad that was later cancelled out by Muhammad Jafri Firdaus Chew in the 74th.
"We created a lot of chances but made far too many mistakes. And defensively, we should be more composed at the back," said Mohd Zaini Othman, the chief coach of SMK Tunku Anum.
"We have to improve for our next match where we cannot make the same mistakes against Bukit Jalil," SMK Mutiara Impian coash Noraffendi Talib, said: "We so desperately wanted to avoid defeat and it is for that reason, we put in an extra striker in the second half. And it paid off with the equaliser."
The one point was enough for SMK Tunku Anum to take over the top spot in Group B from Malacca's SMK Seri Kota, who lost 3-0 to SMK Putera of Kelantan in Kota Batu. SMK Mutiara Impian are third in the group.
In Group A, SMK Syed Hassan of Perlis maintained their unbeaten record when they edged SMK Gunung Rapat of Perak 3-2. Second in the table is SMK Seberang Temerloh of Pahang who beat SMK Bukit Nenas of Terengganu 4-2.
RESULTS -- Under-14: SMK Seberang Temerloh (Pah 1 SMK Bukit Nenas (Ter) 0; SMK Tun Hussein Onn (Joh) 3 SMK Tabuan Jaya (Swk) 4, SMK Gunung Rapat (Prk) 3 SMK Syed Hassan (Per) 0; SMK Putera (Kel) 1 SMK Seri Kota (Mal) 1, SMK Za'ba (NS) 3 bt SMK Peter Mojuntin (Sab) 1, SMK Tunku Anum (Ked) 1 SMK Mutiara Impian (Pen) 1.
Under-17: SMK Seberang Temerloh (Pah) 4 SMK Bukit Nenas (Ter) 2, SMK Tun Hussein Onn (Joh) 1 SMK Tabuan Jaya (Sar) 2; SMK Gunung Rapat (Per) 2 SMK Syed Hassan (Per) 3; SMK Putera (Kel) 3 SMK Seri Kota (Mal 0, SMK Za'ba (NS) 3 SMK Peter Mojuntin (Sab) 1, SMK Tunku Anum (Ked) 1 SMK Mutiara Impian (Pen) 1-1.