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  • January 14, 2012
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, Kuala Terengganu

MSL Round Report: T-Team shine but Kelantan stunned on home turf

MSL Round Report: T-Team shine but Kelantan stunned on home turf

Dunia Sukan Online

Summary report of the Malaysia Super League's round of matches over the weekend

T-Team secured top spot in the Super League table after thrashing Kuala Lumpur by 3-0 at the Hang Jebat Stadium. Yunus Aliff's men, who were equally impressive in their 3-0 rout of Kedah in midweek, showed great offensive capabilities as two goals from Zairo Anuar Zalani and one from Zachariah Simukonda sealed the deal for them. Kuala Lumpur are now officially relegation candidates after two excrutiating defeats in one week placed them at the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, Kelantan could not make their home advantage count after they were held by newly promoted side PKNS on Friday. Peter Butler named a reshuffled squad and it proved to be catastrophic as they were lax throughout the match, much to the anger of their home fans. Skipper Badri Radzi gave the home side the lead in the 70th minute but a defensive mishap from S.Subramaniam gave away a penalty for PKNS and Faudzan Dzulkifli stepped up and restored parity for the visiting side.
Saturday also saw the reinvigorated Borneo derby between Sarawak and Sabah for the first time in two years at the Likas Stadium. The home side came out of the fiery contest with all 3 points after goals from Michael Baird and Bobby Gonzales was enough to draw a conclusion to the contest. Robert Alberts' Sarawak did try to force a late comeback, but K. Ravindran's strike in the 72nd minute appeared to be nothing more than just mere consolation.

The big clash between Perak and Selangor at the Bukit Jalil stadium saw the home side edge out with a crucial victory. Perak found it hard to contain the Red Giants and were often pegged back into their own half and Safiq Rahim continued his great goalscoring record against the Seladangs by netting the only goal of the match on Saturday.

Ahmad Shakir Ali was the toast for the Negeri fans after the young striker scored two fantastic goals to give Negeri Sembilan a crucial away victory against Johor FC. The ex-Kedah forward was a constant threat for the Deers upfront as Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona continued to entertain with lots of good touches. K. Devan's men will be upset with the defeat although Negeri deserved plaudits for their impeccable performance at the JCorp stadium.

V.Sundramoorthy's return to Kedah was a frustrating one indeed after his LionsXII side contested a dull 0-0 draw at the Darul Aman stadium. The drabby affair saw both sides create only six legitimate chances, with Kedah greatly missing the presence of inspirational playmaker, Baddrol Bakthiar. LionsXII looked a shadow of themselves on their first away outing of the season and both sides would have presumably been satisfied with a draw.

Meanwhile, Terengganu picked up their first win of the season at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah stadium after beating Felda United 3-0. Ashaari Shamsuddin starred in the Turtles victory, scoring two goals to inspire a victory, as Terengganu bounced back from their opening defeat to Perak in midweek. Midfielder Ismail Faruqi added the third goal as E. Elavarasan's Felda side proved incapable of containing their much superior opponents.