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  • January 17, 2012
  • • 20:15
  • • Stadium Sarawak, Kuching
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MSL Round Report: Perak triumph at home as Kuala Lumpur continue to struggle

MSL Round Report: Perak triumph at home as Kuala Lumpur continue to struggle

Zeng Liwei

The Seladangs were clinical in their 2-1 win over Negeri Sembilan while the season got worse for the City Boys

Akhmal Rizal Rakhli was the toast of the Perak fans after the veteran striker came off the bench to score two goals that sealed victory against Negeri Sembilan. Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona gave the visitors an early lead at the Perak stadium but the home side's superiority shone as they rallied back to complete a crucial comeback victory.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur's nightmare season got worse after they were condemned to their third straight defeat of the campaign against LionsXII. An own goal by Alman Syazwan gave Lions the lead and Shahdan Sulaiman doubled it later in the game. Kuala Lumpur scored a consolation goal through a Fauzan Abdullah penalty but despite playing against 10 men for the latter part of the match, they were unable to plot a comeback.

Sweltering heat conditions in Melaka proved too hot for Selangor as they were defeated 1-0 by Felda United. Azrul Ahmad, scored the solitary goal of the game as Felda's aggressive tactics outplayed Selangor. Though Irfan Bakti's men came back strongly in the second hald, the home side were absolutely rock solid in defence and nullified the likes of Amri Yahyah and Amirulhadi Zainal.

Kelantan notched their 2nd win of the season as fan favourites, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Indra Putra Mahayuddin scored one each to inspire a victory. The former opened the scoring before Johor restored parity through Khairul Ismail. However, Indraputra's late strike killed of the game with Denny Antwi impressing after coming on as a substitute.

Kedah continued their poor form this season after they were held to a dull 0-0 draw by PKNS FC. The Canaries barely created any chances in the match despite witnessing the return of Baddrol Bakthiar from injury. The home side were definitely better on the day but PKNS' inability to convert any of their chances came back to haunt them as they settled for a draw.

Francis Doe was an instant hit with Terengganu as the Liberian forward scored the winner against Sarawak in his debut match. Doe was given his debut alongside Erison Baiano, and both players impressed against the Borneo side. Although Sarawak dominated for large periods, they were unable to muster any solid efforts against the experienced Terengganu backline.

T-Team's winning streak came to an end after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sabah in Kuala Terengganu. The home side, who have been a revelation in the Super League, could not stamp their authority against a rock solid Sabah defence. Zairo Anuar Zalani and Zachariah Simukonda created many chances for the club side but lacked composure in front of goal, while Syed Adney was in inspiring form for the visiting side.

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