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Withdrawal from the FAM Cup

Petaling Jaya Rangers would like to thank all our fans for your support throughout the 2018 season. Those who have been there for all our home and away matches, especially our Ultras, we salute you.

As we look forward to 2019, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the club’s withdrawal from the FAM Cup for the 2019 season. Nevertheless, PJ Rangers will also continue to field a team in the FAS Super League for the 2019 season, a lineup consisting of mostly AirAsia Allstars.

In addition, our commitment to grassroots football will remain for next year, with six squads (U-8 boys, U-10 boys, U-12 boys, U-14 boys, U-16 boys and U-16 girls) playing in the AirAsia KL Junior League.

THANK YOU!

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D’AR Wanderers 1 PJ Rangers 5

PJ Rangers demolished the Wanderers on their home turf with a masterful performance at the Temerloh Stadium last night.

Hassan Waras’ boy looked dangerous in every foray upfront and the deadly combination of Raslam Khan and Thamil Arasu as twin striking terrors fed by the rampaging Tommy Mawat on the wing laid waste to the hosts’ defence.

Raslam scored his first hattrick for PJ Rangers – indeed it was the first every hattrick in the history of AirAsia Allstars/PJ Rangers in the FAM Cup.

For Raslam, it completed a hattrick of hattricks, having accomplished the feat twice during his time with UITM FC previously.

In near perfect weather and pitch conditions, the Rangers had to wait till the 11th minute for Tommy to open the scoring.

Latching on to a brilliant through ball from Azalinullah Alias, the Sarawak born midfielder raced past two defenders before unleashing a thunderous shot from just inside the box. The ball took a wicked deflection off a Wanderers defender and looped into goal over Izzudin Muhamat in goal.

Tommy turned provider in the 33rd minute, outpacing his marker on the left, he fired a low cross into the box. With his back to goal, the stocky Thamil held off a defender before setting up Raslam who slotted home with a low powerful drive.

Raslam bagged his second when he stepped up and delivered a curling freekick into goal from 25 meters out just before halftime.

The hosts made a couple of substitutions upon restart, replacing midfielders Tam Sheang Tsung and Abdul Hadi with the more attack minded Fadirul Jaafar and Aniq Na’im but it was the Rangers who found the net again.

On another one of his mesmerising runs, Tommy drew a desperate challenge from a defender resulting in referee Zulkifli Ahmad pointing to the spot in the 54th minute.

Amazingly, despite having two goals under his belt, Raslam gave up the opportunity to complete his hattrick with a penalty when he stepped aside and allowed his best mate Thamil to convert.

Despite the Rangers dominance, the Wanderers were not without their chances and pulled one back five minutes later when Wan Mohamad Alif slotted past the unsighted Farhan Abu Bakar during a melee in the box.

With the injured Thamil having limped of the field, the Rangers were forced to wait till the 79th minute to extend their lead.

Again it was Tommy playing provider, threading a through ball for Raslam to latch on to and complete his hattrick.

Such was their dominance that the Rangers could even afford to spurn a golden opportunity in the dying minutes when Raslam unselfishly dummied in the box for Fahrul Razi who blazed over despite an empty goal.

Coach Hassan was delighted with the classy win and said the focus would now be on keeping the momentum.

“This is what this team is capable of delivering. We just need to play to our strengths and not be complacent.”

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Third time’s a charm

SUNDAY, March 18: PJ Rangers got their 2018 FAM Cup campaign back on track with a convincing 3-0 win over Marcerra United at the AirAsia-MBPJ Stadium last night.

Having played Perlis to a scoreless draw at home in their first game and then losing 3-2 away to Terengganu City, Hassan Sazali Waras boys were mired at the bottom half of the table and at risk of losing touch with the league leaders.

However, the win over Marcerra and results elsewhere has propelled the Rangers to third spot.

With the weather again playing havoc with field conditions, neither side were able to gain the upper hand though both had a couple of chances.

The match came alive in the second half and the hosts took the lead after a brilliant run by Tommy Mawat in the 51st minute.

Latching on to a pass from Raslam Khan, the Sarawak-born midfielder weaved his way past two defenders before scoring with a powerful shot off the far post.

Ten minutes later Rangers were 2-0 up thanks to a brilliant goal by former Harimau Muda, Selangor and KL forward Thamil Arasu.

Raslam was again the provider feeding the burly forward at the edge of the box. There was still much to do and the Banting-born lad showed the skills that once earned him a call-up to the senior national side.

With two defenders sticking to him like glue, he turned and left them both flat-footed, raced into the box and calmly slotted home.

PJ Rangers third goal came unexpectedly from skipper Ronny Harun. When the home side were awarded a freekick 25 meters out, the Sabahan stepped up and unleashed an unstoppable bullet of a shot past the hapless Marcerra United keeper.

The visitors earned a penalty late into injury time by were denied by Farhan in the Rangers goal.

Ronny later joked as a defender he would be happy scoring once every 10 years though his last competitive goal was for Sarawak during his stint there from 2013-2017.

The Rangers’ next match is away to D’AR Wanderers FC at the Temerloh Stadium on April 1st at 8.45pm.

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AirAsia signs MoU with MBPJ to upgrade AirAsia-MBPJ Stadium

PETALING Jaya residents will soon have a world-class football stadium to call their own as the sports facility in Kelana Jaya is set for a RM4mil upgrading project next year.

The upgrade will be funded by Air Asia Bhd and carried out through their new partnership with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

Works are expected to begin in January and upon completion in April, the stadium will be known as AirAsia MBPJ Stadium.

However, the football field will only be upgraded after April as the stadium will be used for the World Rugby matches.

– Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain (Petaling Jaya mayor)

He added that previously, the stadium already received a RM6mil upgrade for the SEA Games 2017 funded by MBPJ.

The upgrades next year done with AirAsia will focus on different areas, such as the football field and the locker rooms.

“With a world-class field and facilities, our stadium will soon be internationally recognised and be given priority to host big football matches,” he said.

The MoU features a five-year partnership between both parties, where MBPJ will be in charge of maintaining and renting out the stadium while AirAsia will maintaining the field.

The stadium will also be the home ground for the Petaling Jaya Rangers football club, formerly known as AirAsia Allstars Football Club.

The club, that are part of the Malaysian football league, will play about 20 league games in the stadium, apart from other friendly matches.

When the stadium is not in use by the club, members of the public can rent the field for matches or tournaments.

Schools and other residents can still rent the stadium for sporting events that include the use of the running track or other facilities.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes hopes the upgraded stadium will benefit the people.

“Bringing communities together is also one of the reasons why we decided to rename the football club to the PJ Rangers – to bring the spirit of community to the city,” he said.

He further explained the importance of investing in a good pitch as this will help groom better players.

“It is not all about talented players as a good coach and good facilities will also make a big difference.

“We want to make this stadium one of the best playing surfaces in Malaysia,” he said.

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10-man Rangers rescue a point

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
PJ Rangers022Draw
Terengganu City FC022Draw

SUNDAY, May 14: PJ Rangers snatched a point after going 10-man down in their match against Terengganu City FC at the MBPJ Stadium today.

Starting with three new signings, Akmal Ishak upfront, Arip Amiruddin in midfield and Raphi Azizan in defence, the Rangers were the dominant side in the first half.

However, despite proving to be a thorn in the visiting defence for most of the first half, a moment of madness turned Akmal’s debut into a nightmare.

A minute before the break, Akmal was elbowed during a tussle with Munawwar Ali and retaliated. The assistant referee signalled and after a brief discussion, Akmal was shown the red while Munawwar was cautioned with a yellow.

Rangers coach Mat Zan switched things around for the second half to compensate for the player deficit and had his players up a gear.

The constant pressure paid off in the 53rd minute when Faizwan Abdullah’s curling shot beat the diving Syamsuri Mustafa.

Mat Zan’s boys continued to dominate the game but the visitors equalised 15 minutes later off a break when Zailan Mohamad weaved past the defenders and slotted home.

The Rangers were still reeling from the goal when Terengganu City took the lead 5 minutes later.

Saiful Nizam Abdullah latched on to a long ball, beat a defender and curled the ball into the net.

Credit to the Rangers however for not giving up. They dug deep into their reserves and piled on the pressure.

Defender R.Barathkumar who had just come on as a substitute weaved his way into the box and beat Syamsuri with a low drive to salvage the point.

Barath came close to scoring the winner in the dying minutes while another new signing Abdul Azim Rahim aka Balotelli also spurned a great opportunity late on.

The draw sees PJ Rangers slip to second spot, after Sime Darby’s 5-1 away win to Kuching FA took them to the top by one point.

The Rangers have a game in hand and will look to getting back on the winning track against PBMS FC next weekend.

 

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