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Super League

  • May 24, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore

Live Commentary

  • There is now a two week break until the LionsXII's next game on June 10, against Kelantan FA. Til then, that's it from me tonight. It has been a pleasure, and you can find me on Twitter at @tengkiat if you so wish. Good night!
  • It wasn't pretty and ATM could have got a result if they had more quality, but the LionsXII won't care. Any sort of win would have done given their recent form, and they have achieved that with the three points tonight.
  • The LionsXII finally return to winning ways, ending a run of three consecutive defeats to notch their fourth home victory of the season. Goals from Amri and Zulfahmi in the first half proved enough for the win, despite Rezal pulling one back in the closing stages.
  • 90' + 3'
  • 90' + 2'
    Amri does well to shrug off Badrul but can't pick out an unmarked Faris in the box with his cross from the left!
  • 90' + 1'
    SAVE! Amri finds Faris with a lovely through ball but the winger is denied by an outstretched leg from Syed!
  • 90'
    Three minutes added on.
  • 89'
    Gabriel, in a tight spot, calmly shows sleight of feet to generate space at the edge of the box before shooting. It's deflected and the LionsXII can't make anything from the throw.
  • 88'
    NO PENALTY! Faris appears to be tripped by Ridzuwan but the referee waves away the appeals! He was standing about 10 yards right behind.
  • 85'
    Amri, who has taken over the armband, chases a long ball but Syed beats him to it to put it out for a throw.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionS. Ghani Firdaus Kasman
  • 84'
    WIDE! Thinagaran gets the ball on the left but slams a low effort wide!
  • 83'
    Faritz leads a break as the LionsXII clear a corner and finds Gabriel on the left. The winger plays a good ball to Amri in the centre, but the striker's first touch is poor and the chance goes begging.
  • 81'
    The LionsXII defence switched off for a moment there, with no one tracking Rezal's run for the return pass, and they paid for it.
  • 80'
    Well, that goal has made things interesting and gives ATM something to build on. As it is, they are starting to have more of the ball now.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Park Yong-Ho
  • 77'
    Assist Riduwan M'aon
  • 77'
    Goal Rezal Zambery Yahya
    GOAL!! ATM PULL ONE BACK! The captain plays a neat one-two with Riduwan Maon before moving into the area and rifling one into the bottom right corner! Fine finish.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionFabrice Noel Ammar Abdul Aziz
  • 74'
    Late news but Safuwan's yellow in the first half rules him out for the LionsXII's next game away to Kelantan.
  • 68'
    The game has slowed down and that will suit the LionsXII. Aqhari on to replace the tiring Zulfahmi.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionZ. Arifin Aqhari Abdullah
  • 62'
    Noel surges down the right, beats Hafiz and holds off his markers in the box before sending in the cross, but it's deflected away. The Haitian striker appeals for handball but the referee is not interested.
  • 61'
    Gabriel leads a promising LionsXII attack but it eventually fizzles out when Amri over hits a cross from the right.
  • 59'
    Safuwan went off with what looked like a knock a few minutes ago, with Hafiz replacing him. Shakir moves into the centre of defence, with the substitute going to left-back.
  • 58'
    SAVE! Shahfiq blasts one from the edge of the box, but it is well parried away!
  • 56'
    SubstitutionSafuwan Baharudin Hafiz Sujad
  • 56'
    JUST WIDE! Noel shrugs off his markers and gets his shot away, and it is not far wide of the bottom right corner!
  • 54'
    Zulfahmi plays a good ball for Shahfiq to run on to but Ridzuwan gets a toe to put it out for a corner, which Shahfiq then whips out of play.
  • 49'
    Safuwan goes down the right but fails to spot Amri ahead of him, who was unmarked and onside. The captain eventually gets tackled.
  • 47'
    OFF THE POST! Amri is sandwiched by three players on the left but somehow turns himself out of the situation. He lays it off for Faris near the top of the box and the winger's effort is deflected off the woodwork! So close to 3-0!
  • 46'
  • We will see how things pan out after the restart in about 10 minutes. Join me again then!
  • For the LionsXII, Fandi will probably tell them to continue where they carried off. Control the game, probe, score a third to kill the game off. It's imperative they do not concede early to give ATM hope.
  • ATM have already made two changes, both on the half hour, and that leaves Satianathan with only one more sub. He needs to have a good plan for the second half if they are to turn things around.
  • ATM have hardly threatened the LionsXII goal, apart from an Arostegui effort that was superbly turned away by Izwan, who for my money, is one of the best players for the LionsXII this season.
  • The LionsXII go into the break two goals to the good and they have fully deserved it. Both were scored in the space of five minutes, first Amri crashing in a header off Shahfiq's corner, before Zulfahmi bulleted one into the top left corner. That second one was special.
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME! LionsXII 2-0 ATM FA!
  • 45' + 1'
    Faris, in the left-back area, nutmegs Thinagaran to get out of a tight spot. Lovely skill. With that, the referee calls time on the half!
  • 43'
    BLOCK! Amri beats a defender on the right, cuts back and shoots with his left, but it's well-blocked by a defender. Probably should have pulled it back for a team-mate..
  • 42'
    Faritz, who had been playing with a bandaged head, has thrown away the dressing after it kept falling off.
  • 41'
    SAVE! Shahfiq, who has been having a good game, forces Syed into a full-length save to parry away his rasping 25-yard drive!
  • 40'
    Faris had done superbly to take down a cross-field ball from Zulfahmi prior to those two saves. The winger brilliantly flicked the ball over Badrul before pulling it back for Amri, who was well denied by the goalkeeper.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Juan Arostegui
  • 39'
    OVER! Amri blasts one well above the bar from 30 yards.
  • 38'
    SAVE! Syed does well to block Amri as he rushes out in a one-on-one, and then again to tip away Zulfahmi's half-volley when the rebound fell to the midfielder 25 yards out!
  • 36'
    WHAT A SAVE FROM IZWAN! Venice Elphi leaves Faritz on his back before pulling the ball across for Arostegui, whose sidefooted effort is brilliantly turned away by the goalkeeper!
  • 35'
    WIDE! Gabriel teases his marker on the right before stepping inside him, but his left-footed effort is high and wide of the target!
  • 34'
    CLOSE! Faritz surges down the right and whips in a lovely cross, but Faris can't get a decisive touch to it!
  • 33'
    Gabriel races down the right and beats the goalkeeper with his pull-back, but a defender manages to clear it before it reaches Amri!
  • 32'
    A long ball nearly makes its way to Gabriel on the right of the box but it just skids off the turf at the last moment, allowing Syed to collect it.
  • 31'
    So Satianathan has decided to take off both players who were switched into the starting line-up at the last minute. Guess that decision backfired. Arostegui, ATM's top scorer, will hopefully provide them with more threat upfront. Safwan has gone to left-back, with Riduwan moving into centre midfield.
  • 31'
    SubstitutionBruno Sebastián Martelotto Juan Arostegui
  • 31'
    SubstitutionYusaini Chee Saad Safwan Hashim
  • 30'
    Yellow Card Safuwan Baharudin
  • 27'
    ATM started well but were then completely swept away by the LionsXII as they entered a spell of ascendancy. The visitors have hardly created anything of note so far and cannot get a grip on the game. The midfield is not creating enough for the strikers, while also not affording the defence enough cover.
  • 23'
    OVER! Faris cuts in from the left and unleashes a shot that goes over from 30 yards!
  • 22'
    That is Zulfahmi's third goal of the season and the second stunner in a row, after blasting in a lovely free-kick against JDT on Tuesday. Well done!
  • 21'
    Assist Khairul Amri
  • 21'
    Goal Z. Arifin
    GOAL!! WHAT A STRIKE FROM ZULFAHMI!! The midfielder finds himself down the right and manages to skip past Riduwan as he collects Amri's through ball. He moves into the area, checks back on his left and thwacks a superb effort straight into the top left corner! Brilliant!
  • 20'
    The game has started to tilt in favour of the LionsXII after a rather uneventful first 10 minutes. Just as I say that...
  • 19'
    Izwan races off his line and does very well to smother a through ball with Yusaini bearing down on him.
  • 18'
    That was a wicked corner from Shahfiq, who's already played some delightful passes in these opening stages. Vindicating Fandi's decision to play him so far.
  • 16'
    Assist S. Ghani
  • 16'
    Goal Khairul Amri
    GOAL!! THE LIONSXII TAKE THE LEAD!! Shahfiq whips in a perfect corner right into the danger zone and Amri crashes into the centre to thump an unstoppable header in from six yards!
  • 14'
    SAVE! Shahfiq lofts a delightful ball for Gabriel, who is left with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he hesitates and Syed is able to make the block! What a chance!
  • 13'
    The LionsXII have a free-kick near the right touchline, but Shahfiq's delivery is punched away. Nothing in the way of clear chances for either side so far!
  • 8'
    Nothing much happening so far though. Both teams still trying to settle down. The crowd has just let out a howl at a misplaced pass from Zulfahmi, who overhit the ball to Gabriel.
  • 4'
    SAVE! Shahfiq tries to catch Syed Adney off guard with an ambitious 35-yarder, but the goalkeeper recovers in time to catch the ball just underneath the bar!
  • 1'
  • The players are all out and we are minutes away from kick-off!
  • Shahfiq Ghani makes his return and goes straight into the starting line-up. He should slot in behind Khairul Amri, who will lead the line, although there could be a chance that Amri might be on the left with Faris behind Shahfiq. We will see.
  • Baihakki returns after sitting out the JDT game and slots straight into the centre of defence, with Safuwan dropping back there as well in light of the suspensions of both Madhu Mohana and Afiq Yunos. Raihan returns from suspension to take his place as the anchorman ahead of them, alongside playmaker Zulfahmi Arifin, who continues to start despite not being fully fit.
  • Speaking of that, let's give you the starting lineups!

    XI: Izwan; Faritz, Baihakki, Safuwan (C), Shakir; Raihan, Zulfahmi; Quak, Shahfiq, Faris; Amri.

    Bench: Khairulhin, Emmeric, Firdaus, Hafiz, Aqhari, Nazrul, Syafiq.

    ATM XI: Syed; Riduwan, Park, Badrul, Ridzuwan; Thinagaran, Affize, Rezal (C), Venice; Noel, Arostegui.

    Bench: Iqbal, Safwan, Azrul, Rizzmie, Martelotto, Akmal, Yusaini.
  • New Haitian import striker Fabrice Noel finally opened his account in ATM's last game, bagging a brace in a 2-1 win. The visitors will hope for more to come from him and strike partner Juan Arostegui tonight, although Argentinian midfielder Bruno Martelotto starts on the bench.
  • ATM, also known as the Gladiators, finished a credible sixth last season in their first season in the top flight after being promoted as 2012 Premier League winners. This season has been a harder ride from Satianathan's men though, especially with Marlon Alex James struggling with injury. He eventually left the side during the mid-season transfer window.
  • That starts tonight against ATM, the military side that are 11th in the table at the moment and have only 15 points. That is only one point clear of PKNS, who are the only side below them.
  • Even a top-three finish looks a tall task at the moment, but the LionsXII will at least be doing battle with sides around them in their remaining games, apart from one match against Kelantan FA. This gives them a chance to go on a winning run, which will build good momentum for the Malaysia Cup.
  • Before that break, they also went down 1-0 to Selangor FA in an away tie. That means they have lost their last three against top-four opposition, which has severely damaged their chances of retaining the MSL crown. With six games left to play of the 22-game league, the LionsXII languish in eighth position - eight points behind third-placed JDT and 13 behind leaders Selangor.
  • The LionsXII are looking to bounce back following three defeats in a row, the last of which came on Tuesday against Johor Darul Takzim (JDT). Leading 2-0, they succumbed to a spirited fightback (and some dubious refereeing) to lose 3-2. That was following on the heels of a 2-1 loss to Terengganu FA the weekend earlier, which took place after almost a month-long break in the MSL.
  • Hello everyone, good evening and welcome to Goal Singapore’s LIVE coverage of tonight’s Malaysia Super League game between the LionsXII and ATM FA! My name is Teng Kiat and I will do my best to guide you through all the action at Jalan Besar Stadium. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to tweet me at @tengkiat.