KUALA LUMPUR: Defending Girls' National Under-16 champions Kuala Lumpur got off to a super start when they hammered Negri Sembilan 5-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil Saturday.
KL coach A. Kannagi was expecting a win from her charges, but not a walk in the park.
"We went in looking for a win as a first step towards defending out title, but I did not expect such a big margin. The difference was that my players nailed the chances that came their way, and there was little wastage," said Kannagi a former national player.
And Kuala Lumpur did it even without one of their star players from last year, Kirandeep Kaur Gurdip Singh.
Kirandeep, a promising player who was praised last year by men's national coach K. Dharmaraj as a budding talent, scored the winning goal in Kuala Lumpur's 4-3 triumph over Sabah in the final.
"Even though she (Kirandeep) is still eligible to play, she did not turn up for selection," said Kannagi.
Kuala Lumpur will next play Pahang on Monday, and Kannagi feels its their nemesis in Group A.
"Pahang is the strongest team in our group, and I expect my players to at least steal a point from them."
The Kuala Lumpur goals were scored by Razreena Razali (4th), Nur Alyysa Diyana (11th, 16th), Razreena Razali (50th, 60th).
GIRLS' RESULTS: Group A: Kuala Lumpur 5 Negri Sembilan 0, Pahang 5 Perlis 0.
Group B: Penang 1 Malacca 4, Sabah 3 Sarawak 0.
Group C: Selangor 1 Perak 2, Johor 2 Terengganu 2.
FIXTURES -- Sunday: Group A: Negri Sembilan v Pahang (8.45am, Pitch II).
Group C: Terengganu v Selangor (7.30am, Pitch I), Johor v Perak (7.30am, Pitch II).