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Penang looks to win semi-final

Shayal Devi
Sunday, August 17, 2014

PENANG Sangam High School bounced back to clinch a late victory against Labasa's Shri Guru Nanak Khalsa College during the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Soccer championship at Govind Park, Ba, yesterday.

The two teams were locked one all as the game headed into extra time.

Penang Sangam School looked deadly from the starting whistle, scoring first but conceding a goal in the later stages of the first half.

The win means that the Rakiraki-based school is through to the semi-final and facing Ba's Kamil Muslim College in what will be a thriller of a match.

In the other semi-final, Saraswati College will face Balata High School.

Coach Dhirendra Prasad could not hold back tears as the final whistle sounded.

"This is the first time I have brought the team and I am so proud of the boys," he said.

"They have given me the results and they have made me very proud."

Prasad said they were now focused on winning the semi-final today.

"We will change our game pattern and we guarantee you we will reach the finals. We have already faced Kamil before and we know their weaknesses.

"So far there are no injuries in the camp. All my boys are very fit."

He assured fans that weather would not be a factor as they are used to playing in hot conditions

"We are trying to do out best to make history for Rakiraki."

In the other quarter-final matches, Kamil Muslim upset Labasa Muslim College 1-0 in their quarter-final match.

Balata High School edged Vunimoli Islamia College 1-0 while Nadi College lost to Saraswati College by three goals to one.

Earlier in the day, the final pool games were held.

These were the results of the matches.

Shri Guru Nanak Khalsa College 4-2 Gospel High School

Balata High School 0-0 Vashist Muni College

Tilak High School 1-0 Sigatoka Methodist High School

Vunimoli Islamia College 5-0 Penang Sangam High School

Kamil Muslim College 3-0 Nawai Secondary School

Naleba College 0-2 Saraswati College

Labasa Muslim College 3-1 Nadi College

Nukuloa College 2-0 Nabua Secondary School.