| Jagdesh Singh | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 22 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar
It was as lively as the past 3 Match Days. The precedence was set early and expectations kept rising as each Match Day came. Excitement. Competition. Camaraderie. Punjabi boys and girls fighting it out on the pitch but singing and laughing together outside.
Opening match of the day was kicked off with the Iron River Kings finding their feet in the league, against the Beruntung Hill Twin Lions. The Kings had notched their first win at Match Day 3 a week before. They were eager to build on this. Meanwhile, the Twin Lions were facing a defensive crisis, with their versatile defender Saranjeet Singh forced to sit out due to being suspended, and his partner Mineshjeet also being injured. Mineshjeet toiled on the pitch with this injury. The Twin Lions introduced their first lioness in their line-up, Sumeetadev Kaur or more fondly referred to as Sumi. This lively encounter ended with a second win for the Kings in the tournament, winning 2-1.
Game 2 was the clash of the Giants. A game between the Akaal Warriors and the Eagles was billed as the match of the day. The Warriors, rightfully sitting at the top of the table thus far, had earlier beat the Eagles weeks before. The Eagles certainly had an axe to grind with. Beating the Warriors would be sweet revenge but more importantly allow them to leap frog their nemesis in the table. The Eagles dominated the game from the very beginning, never allowing the Warriors any shots to the goal. Perhaps shell shocked, even with Harry back from suspension, the Warriors just couldn’t find any rhythm to their free flowing style. At the final whistle, the Eagles won convincingly with a 2-0 score, lodging themselves at the top of the table albeit with a smaller goal difference.
Match 3 saw the Beruntung Hill Twin Lions square up with the Kampung Pandan Lions. Both prides of Lions were ready for a ferocious fight, both eager to move up the table. This time, along with their lioness, the Pandan Lions brought in the youngest player thus far, Jassvir Singh aged at 8 years and 36 days. And what a debut it was, with a brace of nearly scoring for his team, he certainly raised some eyebrows Sadly, the pressure piles up for the Beruntung Hill Twin Lions as they were beaten again, losing 0-2.
Match 4 saw the Akaal Warriors in action again, smarting from their earlier defeat to the Eagles. They meet the Iron River Kings, now riding on a wave of confidence after their win over the Twin Lions. This time around, the Warriors established their free flowing style well in the game and deservedly raked in their 3 points with a 3-1 score line, short living The Eagles’ dominance in the table.
The final match for the day, as the heat intensified from the sun and amongst each team, was between the Kampung Pandan Lions and the Titiwangsa Panthers. The Panthers were still on the prowl for their first win of the season and were desperate to shake off their whipping boys impression. Unfortunately, this wasn’t their day again, and they slumped off to yet another crushing defeat with a 0-3 score line.
Rishipal Singh of Pulapol Eagles still top the scorer’s table with 13 goals this far under his belt although none were contributed from today. It was a good day for Preetraj Singh from the Pandan Lions with 4 goals for the day, as well as his teammate Hardeev Singh, who got his name on the scoresheet. The same was for Tarandeep Singh from Iron River Kings.
With 2 more match days coming up, this correspondent feels very sure the action only intensify more. Stay tuned.
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