The state senior squad defeated Kuching Selection 3-0 in a friendly encounter at Stadium Negri here, with all three goals scored in the first-half.

The Sunday night’s match was Sarawak’s first win in a series of friendlies so far, having lost 2-3 to ATM and 1-2 to PKNS while drawing 1-1 with Harimau Muda B.

Rony Harun drew the first blood in the game, followed by Bobby Gonzales and Joseph Kallang Tie.

State coach Robert Alberts said he was happy with the result.

“We are definitely ready for the Malaysia Cup challenge,” he told The Star, adding that he was realistically optimistic of the Crocs advancing to the Cup quarter-finals.

The Dutchman said the four friendlies and other preparations should warm up his charges before the big tournament.

Sarawak will open their Malaysia Cup campaign with a Group D away against Perak this Aug 20.

After that they will host Singapore Lions XII on Aug 24 before going off to Stadium Darul Aman to face Kedah on Aug 27.

Sarawak’s last match in Group D will be against Perak at home on Sept 21.

The state players will take a six-day off beginning today to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

-The Star