Peter Butler's men thoroughly deserved three points after a scintillating display against the TurtlesThe first East Coast derby of the season ended with Kelantan emerging triumphant against a stuttering Terengganu outfit. Although they dominated much of the game, Peter Butler’s men could only finish the game with a 2-1 scoreline against their rivals.
The Red Warriors assaulted the Terengganu defence from the starting whistle but Terengganu withstood the onslaught with a tight defence. Norshahrul Idlan latched onto a through pass, only to scuff his shot beyond the post in the 33rd minute.
However, he redeemed himself three minutes later by opening the score for Kelantan. Cutting into the penalty box past a Terengganu defender, Norshshrul smashed in a hopeful shot which was deflected off Muslim Ahmad's shoulder into the goal.
Terengganu looked to bounce back through the on-song Francis Forket Doe but the Liberian striker was finding it hard to penetrate Kelantan's central defence pairing of S. Subramaniam and Obinna Nwaneri as the score remained until half time.
Kelantan did not take long to double their lead in the second half, as skipper Badri Radzi headed home in the 53rd minute. A terrific cross was placed in from the left and it was headed into Badri's path by Indra Putra. The talismanic midfielder did not disappoint by nodding home from close range to extend the home side's lead.
Mohammed Ghaddar was brought on and the Lebanese forward contributed immediately by earning a penalty. However, his penalty kick was brilliantly saved by Sharbinee Alawee in Terengganu's goal. Terengganu mounted a last minute charge which resulted in a late consolation goal, netted by Ashaari Shamsuddin. However, it takes nothing away from Kelantan's superior performance that duly awarded them with a morale-boosting win over their arch rivals.