SSTMI Thunderbolts and SSP-MSP-Thunderbolts are virtually through to the semifinals after convincing wins in the Milo Cup quarterfinals first leg Friday.
The Bandar Penawar sports school, who won the league title last month, whipped development side 1MAS Perlis 10 while SSP-MSP-Thunderbolts defeated Bukit Jalil Sport School Juniors 6-1.
While many expected Thuderbolts to breeze into the semifinals, team manager Adam Izambry refuses to let their guard down. When asked about being virtually through to the next round, he replied: "Hopefully yes."
"We can't take things lightly. It is a comfortable lead and we are expected to progress but we have to keep a high standard. I don't want anyone to take their foot off the pedal," said Adam.
Meanwhile, UniKL Young Guns coach I. Vikneswaran was not too happy with his side's display despite a 3-0 win over Nur Insafi-Penang HA.
"We created so many chances but struggled to convert. Yes, it was a good win but we have to make the most of chances... it could be crucial in some matches.
"The return leg is a different scene as we travel to Sungai Petani and that could take a toll. Fortunately, we made arrangement to travel on tonight (Friday) so I hope it gives the players more time to rest and get used to the pitch."
UniKL took the lead after 11 minutes through Nur Faiz Rosli and he doubled the lead with another field goal in the 38th minute.
Hafif Elkan converted a penalty in the 61st minute to wrap proceedings. Vikneswaran was disappointed as the team only converted one of their seven penalty corners.
In the other quarterfinal, Petaling Jaya City Council beat SMKDBL PHJ 3-1.
FIRST LEG RESULTS
SSTMI Thunderbolts 10 1Mas Perlis 0
SSP-MSp-Thunderbolts 6 BJSS Juniors 1
Petaling Jaya City Council 3 SMKDBL PHJ 1
UniKL Young Guns 3 Nur Insafi-Penang HA 0.
Sunday: Quarterfinals second leg-- 1Mas Perlis v SSTMI Thunderbolts (Kangar, 4.45pm); BJSS Juniors v SSP-MSP Thunderbolts (Ministry of Education, 4.45pm); SMKDBL PHJ v Petaling Jaya City Council (Batu Pahat, 4.45pm); Nur Insafi-Penang HA v UniKL Young Guns (Sungai Petani, 4.45pm).