SSTMI Ju­niors and SSMS Re­silient fight on an­other level

New Straits Times - - Sport - JUGJET SINGH jug jet@nst.com.my

THE two Divi­sion Two teams play­ing in the TNB Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tion are ex­pected to face a tor­rid time in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Fri­day.

For Divi­sion Two fi­nal­ists SSTMI Ju­niors and SSMS Re­silient from Sabah have been play­ing against weaker sides and will be thrown into the deep end of the pool in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

In an open quar­ter-fi­nal draw, SSTMI Ju­niors were paired with Divi­sion one fourth placed team MSP-Thun­der­bolts from Pa­hang.

As for SSMS Re­silient, who are Sabah Sports School boys, they will face third placed fin­ish­ers in Divi­sion One BJSS Thun­der­bolts.

League cham­pi­ons PJCC Thun­der­bolts will play An­der­son Thun­der­bolts – whom they beat 3-1 in the League.

The other quar­ter-fi­nals will be be­tween SSTMI Thun­der­bolts and Jo­hor Ju­niors.

The Jo­hor side are the sur­prise pack­age this sea­son, as they held SSTMI to a 1-1 draw, be­fore los­ing 4-2 on shootout to qual­ify for the knock­out.

In the women’s JHL, Kuala Lumpur Sports School (KLSS Wipers) beat Sabah Sports School Malaysia 4-2 to book a semi-fi­nal seat, while de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Tunku Mahkota Is­mail Sports School (SSTMI) also ad­vanced to the semis af­ter beat­ing MSN-MSSPK-SMK Gu­nung Ra­pat 3-1.

The semi-fi­nals will see MSSPPPSHA-USM face KL Wipers and SSTMI go head to head against MSN Kedah on May 14.

KLSS Wipers, who were fi­nal­ists last sea­son, will need to walk a fine line when they meet MSSPP-PSHA-USM as sev­eral play­ers are car­ry­ing cards, and an­other in­fringe­ment could see them miss the fi­nal should they qual­ify.

“We will speak to the play­ers on what needs to be done. From there we will also have to change our struc­ture for the next game de­pend­ing on our op­po­nents’ strengths,” said KLSS Wipers coach A. Kan­nagi.

FRI­DAY – Divi­sion One Quar­ter-fi­nals: PJCC Tigers v An­der­son Thun­der­bolts (PJCC Sta­dium, 5pm), MSPThun­der­bolts v SSTMI Ju­niors (Kuan­tan, 5pm), SSTMI Thun­der­bolts v Jo­hor Ju­niors (SSTMI, 5pm), BJSS Thun­der­bolts v SSMS Re­silient (KLHA, 5pm).

SUN­DAY – Women’s semi-fi­nals:

SSTMI v MSN Kedah (KLHA, 4pm), PSHA-USM v KLSS-Wipers (KLHA, 6pm).

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