MEDAN’S LONG WAIT ENDS

Club lift PSC-Carls­berg In­ter­na­tional Soccer 7’s ti­tle at 12th time of ask­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY K. KANDIAH nst­sport@nst.com.my

IN­DONE­SIAN teams were on top of the world as they cap­tured the Vet­er­ans’ and Masters’ ti­tles in the 18th PSCCarls­berg In­ter­na­tional Soccer 7’s tour­na­ment at the Pe­nang Sports Club ground in Ge­orge Town re­cently.

Such was their dom­i­nance that for the first time in the com­pe­ti­tion’s 18-year his­tory, the fi­nal­ists for both fi­nals were from In­done­sia.

In the Vet­er­ans cat­e­gory, last year’s los­ing fi­nal­ists Kwarta Medan de­feated Bin­tang Timur FC 2-0 to lift the tro­phy for the first time in 12 years of try­ing.

They took home medals, a replica tro­phy and RM2,500 while run­ners-up Bin­tang Timur FC re­ceived medals and RM1,000.

In the Masters chal­lenge, Bin­tang Timur from Jakarta again had to set­tle for sec­ond best when they were beaten by Medan’s Per­tam­ina FC 3-2 in the fi­nal.

The lat­ter took home a replica tro­phy, medals and RM2,500 while the for­mer set­tled for medals and RM1,000.

Kwarta Medan Tuak FC’s M. Arief said the play­ers were ex­cited to fi­nally win the tro­phy, hav­ing been run­ners-up twice.

“We have won the Ulu Klang Recre­ation Club (UKRC) soccer 9’s for three con­sec­u­tive years, from 2014 to 2016, and had also won other in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the Sin­ga­pore Cricket Club 7’s tour­na­ment, but not win­ning the PSC tro­phy was a big dis­ap­point­ment.

“But now, all that is over. We have suc­ceeded in win­ning the elu­sive tro­phy.

“For now, we are look­ing for­ward to another in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Viet­nam, the Saigon In­ter­na­tional 7’s in Novem­ber and hope­fully, we can also bring back home the tro­phy,” Arief said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the chal­lenge tro­phy from Pe­nang Sports Club pres­i­dent Loo Choo Teng and Carls­berg Malaysia re­gional sales man­ager Lim Eng Wah.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Mohd Azrel Datuk Mohd Ju­nid said the tour­na­ment had at­tracted 20 for­eign and 24 Malaysian teams, with the for­eign teams com­ing from In­done­sia (seven), Sin­ga­pore (four), Thai­land and Mal­dives (three each), Cam­bo­dia (two) and Hong Kong (one).

RE­SULTS — Vet­er­ans Plate Sfi­nals: Ki­lat KL 4 Ports Rangers FC 2; Black Ea­gles FC 0(2) Htc 0(0); Fi­nal: Ki­lat KL 3 Black Ea­gles FC 2. Tro­phy S-fi­nals: Kwarta Medan 1 Pe­nang Sports Club Reds 0; Bin­tang Timur FC 1 Bangkok Air­ways 0; Fi­nal:

Kwarta Medan 2 Bin­tang Timur FC 0.

Masters Plate S-fi­nals: Bangkok Spar­ta­cus 4 Pe­nang Chi­nese FA 1; Jurong We­ston 4 Hong Kong All Stars 1; Fi­nal: Jurong We­ston 4 Bangkok Spar­ta­cus 2.

Tro­phy S-fi­nals: Bin­tang Timur FC 2(5) Pe­nang Sports Club 2(4). Per­tam­ina FC 3 Htc 0;

Fi­nal: Per­tam­ina FC 3 Bin­tang Timur FC 2.

PIC K. KANDIAH.

Kwarta Medan FC In­done­sia cel­e­brate win­ning the 18th PSC-Carls­berg In­ter­na­tional Soccer 7's Tour­na­ment Men's Vet­eran cat­e­gory. Carls­berg re­gional sales man­ager Lim Eng Wah (back row, fourth from right) handed the tro­phy to the team at the Pe­nang Sports Club re­cently.

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