BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Sabah and Sarawak advanced to the semifinal stage of the womens football tournament 2016 Tun Sharifah Rodziah's Cup, after recording comfortable wins in their final group matches on Tuesday.
Sabah and Sarawak, both competing in Group A, defeated Selangor 6-1, and ATM 5-1, respectively. Sabah advanced with a 100% record in the group and 15 points, while Selangor and ATM, both finishing with seven points, were pipped to the second spot by Sarawak who finished with eight points.
Meanwhile Negeri Sembilan and Perlis occupied the bottom two spots in Group A, Negeri with six points and Perlis with no points at all.
In Group B, a 1-1 draw between Kedah and reigning champions MISC was enough to see both sides advance to the semis, MISC finishing top of the group with 13 points and Kedah second with 11. The result came as a disappointment to Kuala Lumpur, who finished third with 10 points after a 5-0 trouncing of Pahang, who finished fourth. Perak meanwhile finished fifth in the group with three points, and Pulau Pinang last with no points.
The conclusion of the group stage means Sabah will take on Kedah, while MISC will face Sarawak. The semifinal matches of the tournament, which has been held at the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Kedah, will be played on Thursday April 14.
A repeat of last year's final match, between MISC and Sabah, is on the cards. In the 2015 edition, MISC captured the title after defeating Sabah 3-2 on penalties, after the fulltime ended level 1-1.