Beverly FC about to create history

Source : New SabahTimes


WE CAN DO IT … the Beverly players and officials in a winning mood after their light training at the Sukma field. Mat Amin is seen standing back row second from right while Awang is third from left.

12th August, 2007

KOTA KINABALU: History beckons for Beverly FC as they go down into the battlefield to take on Felda United FC in the return leg of the TM FAM Cup semi-finals at the UNITEN Stadium in Bangi today (4.45pm).

The clash is the final hurdle for them to become the first, club side, from the Land below the Wind to make it into the Premier League.

The State’s sole representative in the competition, which is dubbed the country’s third division league after the Super League and the Premier League, have the simplest of tasks of adding a new chapter in the State’s history book.

Having won the first leg encounter 2-1 at the Likas Stadium last week, they know that a draw will see them through into the final that will eventually see them create history.

For the record, the finalists will earn automatic promotion into the Premier League next season.

Despite holding a one-goal cushion into the deciding game, Mat Amin Samsuddin is not taking any chances, and that the order of the day is to win the battle.

The Beverly FC team manager said nothing is over until the battle is won! He went on to say that this is indeed a tricky trip for them, especially when taking the away goals rule into account.

When met at the team’s light training session at the Sukma field in Likas on Friday, Mat Amin remained upbeat on their chances of progressing through.

He said that as long as the players play their hearts out, he is convinced of returning home with at least a draw.

“This is going to be a one tough match, as you can see in the first leg the game was equally contested.

“We were a bit fortunate that we have a one-goal cushion, but nevertheless, nothing is secure until the battle is won.

“We just cannot go into the game thinking that the job is done. There is another 90 minutes to go, and we must try to stay focused and to settle for at least a draw as that will help put us through into the final.

“I’m quite convinced that the team will do the job tomorrow. They have been training pretty hard and there is a lot of passion in the team. This shows that they are not willing to throw away this golden opportunity ahead of them.

“But my main worry is the man in black. As proven in the first leg, the referee’s decisions hurt us a lot. There were so many decisions and instances that were going against us. His dubious decisions were so obvious.

“For this second leg tie, what I am hoping for is fairness as far as the referee is concerned.

“As long as there is fairness in their (referees) judgment or decisions, we accept whatever consequences we may get at the end of the day,” Mat Amin said.

With the exception of Zulhelmy Jumai and Fazil Awang, who both have quit the team to attend a two-month training course in Melaka with the Prisons Department, Beverly FC will be at full strength ahead of the clash.

Head coach Awang Sabtu Jamil hinted that he is likely to stick to the same line-up in the first leg victory.

He said strikers Zaykiel Leong and Zakaria Abdul Rahman will start in the attack while his four-man midfield would comprise Zuraindey Jumai, Rezuan Aman Khan, Julaidi Jalumin and Vun Ket Ming @ Billyton.

Skipper Azlan Ariffin will marshal the backline together with Ronny Edward, Rendie Acho and Spencer Walton Tunggal while Mohd Yusri Jamrin will be the ball-stopper.

Second choice keeper Roy Ahwai, Soo Teck Man, Ramhaizam, Restu Emat, Gerd Smith and Mohd June Azral Lalah are also making the trip.

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