Source : New SabahTimes
KOTA KINABALU: Beverly FC added a new chapter in the State football history book by becoming the first club side from the Land below the Wind to make it into the national second division league – TM Premier League – next season.
Despite the shock 1-2 defeat to Kor RAMD of Melaka over the weekend, Beverly FC have secured at least the second spot in the nine team standings after their closest rivals Proton FC were held to a one-all draw by DBKL in another tie on the same day.
Beverly FC are currently sitting on top of the standings on 32 points, while Proton FC in second on 27 points, but have played one match more than the table-toppers, which means there is no way they could pip Beverly FC from the top spot, who have two games left to play.
Now only FELDA United FC – who are currently occupying third spot on 26 points -could deny Beverly FC of clinching the FAM Cup League crown, if the latter were to lose their remaining two matches.
But despite news that they have secured one of the two promotion slots, Mat Amin Samsuddin insisted that their celebrations are still put on hold.
In fact this is a case of one down and two to go for the Beverly FC team manager. He said that they still have unfinished business to accomplish.
“We are happy that we are already assured of promotion, but there is an open chance that we could win the championship. So we must grab this opportunity and put our celebrations on hold,” said Mat Amin.
Beverly FC just need one more point from the possible six to be crowned the champions and it could happen this Sunday when they take on Persatuan Bolasepak Daerah Kuala Terengganu at the Penampang Stadium.
“I’m a bit disappointed because we could have done it yesterday (Sunday), but there is no point crying over spilt milk.
“There are two matches left for us to make amends, and hopefully we will not waste the opportunity to do so this Sunday on home soil,” he added.
After the PBD Kuala Terengganu clash, Beverly FC would take on FELDA United FC in their final league fixture.
Upon the completion of the league, the top eight teams will be involved in the FAM Cup, which will be played in a knockout system, something similar to the FA Cup.