Kelantan 2-0 Terengganu: Red Warriors end their four-game winless streak
Keita Mandjou’s brace against Terengganu gifts Kelantan only their second win of the season
By Muhammad Izzat Akmal Ismail
The match kicked off with Terengganu pressing Kelantan’s defence the moment the referee blew the whistle. However the Penyus were missing their key man Ismail Faruqi and it showed on the pitch as they continually lost possession in the final third whenever they attempted to attack.
Despite this it was the visitors who had the chance to open the scoring through Ashaari, but his volley struck the wrong side of the net.
Kelantan slowly started to build several attacking moves, pressing Terengganu and striking quickly on the counter attack. The Red Warriors’ first attempt came in the 10th minute when Keita Mandjou was awarded a free kick just outside the six-yard box. Indra’s freekick reached Faiz Subri but his strike was straight at the goalkeeper.
Just a minute later, a quick counter by the Turtles created havoc in Khairul Fahmi’s box. Apek was forced to make a double save after Effa Owona’s shot was parried into Manaf Mamat’s path for a second attempt.
Terengganu started to fall apart following the injury to Effa Owona, with the Cameroonian having to be replaced in the 15th minute. The Penyus forwards were displaying little movement and both Ashaari Shamsudin and Manaf Mamat had problems going through Kelantan’s duo of Obinna Nwaneri and Nik Shahrul Azim.
With talks of new import players soon to arrive at the club, Keita Mandjou took on the challenge and put on his best performance for Kelantan so far. He attempted numerous efforts at Sharmiza Yusoff’s goal, which constantly created chaos in the danger area. His efforts paid off in the 29th minute when his blocked shot found Zairulfitree who then floated the rebound towards Keita allowing him to score his first of the night.
The first half concluded with the home side leading 1-0.
The second half started very much like the first, with the home fans encouraging their team to press forward for the second goal to kill the game off.
On 62-minutes, Keita found the net for the second time of the evening with a powerful finish which Sharmiza could not keep out despite getting a hand to the ball.
The Guinean-born striker almost bagged a hatrick in the 72nd minute but the linesman called for offside.
Matters got worst for Terengganu when their captain Faizal Muhammad was shown a red card for a late tackle on Kelantan’s Zamri Ramli, thus extinguishing any hopes of his team getting anything out of the game.
The Red Warriors played on and deservedly ended the night as 2-0 winners over the Turtles, ending their four-game winless streak in the process.
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