There is an old football adage, where “the best way to defend in a football match is to simply outscore your opponents”. These sage words became Bertam Ulu‘s preferred style of play, and it was able to see the team through as Raja Futsal’s Malacca state qualifier champions.
If Penang were scorching hot, Sports Planet Futsal in Cheng, Malacca was determined to test our mettle differently by raining throughout the qualifiers. It proved unsuccessful as 58 teams registered and took part in this particular iteration of the tournament.
The colder weather might have contributed to the teams settling in quickly into their rhythm and creating scoring chances more effectively compared to teams in other State qualifiers.
As Champions, Bertam Ulu(A) led by example and won the Final match in style by beating Shin Chan FC four goals to three in what was definitely one of the best Raja Futsal matches in recent memory. Both teams refused to relent until Bertam Ulu scored winning goal decisively in the dying seconds of the match.
This score-first, defend-later style of play was emblematic of Bertam Ulu, and this was also evident in the Semi-Finals as they chewed out Arena FM 2-1.
Fellow Finalists Shin Chan FC on the other hand, favoured a more methodical approach and intended to slow the game down in the later rounds in order to conserve their energy. Their semi-final, showed them trying to win by attrition and defeat Sri Iqra two goals to one.
The outcome of this leg of Raja Futsal sees Bertam Ulu and Shin Chan FC qualify to the Grand Final, and possibly walk away with the grand prize of RM100,000 should they manage to beat everyone else in the process.
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Champion : Bertam Ulu
Finalist : Shin Chan FC