IRC FI­NAL A ‘FAM­ILY’ AF­FAIR

‘A’ team pip club’s ‘B’ side to ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

K. KANDIAH nst­sport@nst.com.my

THE fi­nal of the Pe­nang In­dian Re­cre­ation Club (IRC) Cham­pion Cup Open Foot­ball tour­na­ment turned into a ‘fam­ily’ af­fair as the club’s two sides locked horns in the fi­nal.

It turned out to be a closely con­tested af­fair as penal­ties were needed to set­tle mat­ters af­ter the fi­nal ended score­less, with IRC ‘A’ win­ning the shootout 3-2.

IRC ‘A’ took home a tro­phy, medals and RM1,000 for emerg­ing cham­pi­ons while IRC ‘B’ won medals and RM800. Bunga Raya Foot­ball Club and Is­land Com­bine won medals and RM600 and RM400 re­spec­tively for fin­ish­ing third and fourth.

IRC man­ager Mohd Rafi Ab­dul Rahim Ra­jen­dran said they had tar­geted both teams to be in the fi­nal.

“I am very happy that my boys have made my day and helped make my dream come true. I am proud that they won all the matches in the run-up to the fi­nal, which I think is a great achieve­ment. Hats off to them,” Mohd Rafi said.

The nine-a-side event was held in con­junc­tion with the club’s 108th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at the Polo Ground in Ge­orge Town.

Club pres­i­dent M.C. Pitchay said 12 teams from Pe­nang and one from Perlis com­peted in the Open cat­e­gory.

RE­SULTS — Men’s Open s-fi­nals: In­dian Re­cre­ation Club A 3 Is­land Com­bine 0; In­dian Re­cre­ation Club B 1 Bunga Raya Foot­ball Club 0; 3rd-4th: Bunga Raya Foot­ball Club 0 (3) Is­land Com­bine 0 (2); Fi­nal: In­dian Re­cre­ation Club A 0 (3) In­dian Re­cre­ation Club B 0 (2).

PIC BY K. KANDIAH

IRC ‘A’ play­ers and of­fi­cials ju­bi­late af­ter win­ning the Pe­nang In­dian Re­cre­ation Club Cham­pion Cup Open Foot­ball tour­na­ment re­cently.

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