The second week of the MSL saw underdogs pull off great upsets over the MSL favourites, as Kelantan continued their fine start to the season
After an exciting opening of the MSL last weekend, the second of week the league proved to be more dramatic and not short of surprises with some of the league favourites failing to pick up three points against underdogs.
Late goals were key in this weeks round of fixtures, while only two home teams failed to take away maximum points.
Earlier on Friday, PKNS FC picked up their first three points of the season away from home with a second-half goal from Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh enough for them to defeat ATM at Selayang Stadium.
Another home team that also failed to win this weekend were newcomers Sarawak, who did not do enough to beat FA Cup champions Kelantan in Kuching. For The Red Warriors, their second straight victory of the season puts them at the top of table and they have to thank their new striker, Forkey Doe for scoring the only goal in 90th minute.
Kelantan were not the only team to score goal in the 90th minute, as Da Cruz Guardiano also scored in the last minute of the game to give a young Perak team a shock win over Terengganu, giving Perak their first three points of the season.
However, there were differing fortunes for another club from Terengganu, T-Team, as they pulled out the most unexpected result for the second round of MSL, as the Titans beat the hot-favourites, star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-0 at Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium. Patrich Wanggai was the hero for the home team as he scored in the second half to beat all the odds and gave T-Team a vital three points against Jimenez’s side.
Another upset was also recorded when Sime Darby defeated Malaysia Cup and Charity Shield champions Pahang 1-0. Fahrul Razi’s goal in the 50th minute proved to be decisive and gave the newcomers their first three points, lifting them out of the relegation zone.
Last year’s MSL winner, Lions XII also recorded their first win of the season in a dramatic way as they beat The Red Giants Selangor 2-1 in Singapore. Shakir Hamzah gave the Lions a first half lead, but Fitri Shazwan equalised for Selangor in the second half before Khairul Amri netted an injury time winner.
Three late winners and upsets by the underdogs over the MSL favourites in the second week has gave football fans some indicators that this season’s title going to be wide open and anything can happen in football.
Kelantan are now leading the pack with a maximum 6 points, followed by Selangor, ATM and JDT with three points to fill up the top four. At the bottom, Sarawak is the only team without any points.