The match started off at 5:40 pm with Honduras having strong possession of the ball throughout the first half. After several attempts of direct shots from both teams, Honduras showed promise when Prem Kumar Soundarajan scored a goal against the Gunners.
Gunners realizing that fast gameplay is not a good strategy against Honduras kept a cool gameplay, hence improving their possession of the ball at the beginning of second half. But all of that changed with repeated barrages of attempts from Honduras leading to one scored by Haresh Pannirselavan, the captain of Honduras and another goal scored by Asokkumarnaidu from a penalty strike.
Intense moments ensued when Gan Wei Jie of the Gunners locked his feet against Thinakaran Veerappan’s foot hence the referee issued him a yellow card. But what got the crowd furious was the fact that the referee failed to spot Thinakaran kick Gan Wei Jie out of anger. A small fit of anger followed between the players of Gunners and the management of Honduras, but no physical contact occurred. Alas, all’s well that ends well!!!
But the game was not all tense and aggressive since moments occurred when the crowd burst out in laughter, like the moment when the referee got too close to Haresh Pannirselavan of Honduras, making his reflexes dodge the referee to get out of the way amused and impressed the crowd. But nothing beat the moment when Asokkumarnaidu of Honduras got a yellow card for taking off his t-shirt after getting steamed up for scoring a goal. Not being bothered, Asok continued to celebrate his goal by waving his number 17 jersey to the crowd. That got the crowd roaring with laughter.
The game ended with the crowd cheering for Honduras’s 3-0 win against the Gunners. The man of the match was none other than the captain of Honduras, Haresh Pannirselavan. All in all, the match ended fairly thanks to the referees provided by the Melaka Referee Board.