1st Touch re­gain win­ning touch

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AF­TER a long wait, 1st Touch As­sump­tion’s com­mit­ment to the game saw them lift­ing the Royal Se­lan­gor Club (RSC)-Milo Un­der12 In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball Sevens tro­phy at Bukit Kiara last Sun­day.

The But­ter­worth-based side de­feated Ti­tan United from Subang Jaya 2-1 in the fi­nal af­ter hav­ing beaten Hari­mau Mega FC of Jo­hor Baru 1-0 in the semi­fi­nals.

1st Touch’s Mohd Dan­ish Hazran, who scored both goals in the de­cider, was named Man of the Match while team­mates Mohd Fakhur and Zamir Zain were awarded best goal­keeper and player of the tour­na­ment re­spec­tively.

For­merly known as Bin­tang Baru As­sump­tion Foot­ball Academy, the team last won the tour­na­ment back-to-back in 2008-2009.

1st Touch Un­der-12 coach Roslan Aziz and the academy’s sec­re­tary Zainal Fitri said: “We were not favourites in the tour­na­ment as there were many other for­mi­da­ble acad­e­mies, past cham­pi­ons and in­ter­na­tional teams. But the play­ers were de­ter­mined to wrest the ti­tle af­ter hav­ing not won it for a long time,” said Roslan.

“This vic­tory will cer­tainly spur the other play­ers in the academy to achieve suc­cess and have higher goals,” added Zainal.

The Masters cat­e­gory saw Pe­nang Sports Club tak­ing the ti­tle with a 2-1 vic­tory over Mal­dives Soc­cer Mates in the fi­nal while TM Jones downed HTC FC 1-0 in the Grand masters de­cider.

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