BY AZUAN SYAH Follow on Twitter
LionsXII were majestic in front of their home supporters as they thrashed poor Pahang 4-1. A goal from Safuwan Baharuddin plus Sufian Anuar’s hatrick gave the home fans something to cheer about. The visitors managed to score first from Damion Stewart in the 8th minute but it proved to be a mere consolation as Zainal Abidin’s men were soundly beaten by the reigning champions.
New import, Mateo Roskam showed his capability as a deadly striker after netting three goals in Sime Darby FC's 4-0 victory over Kelantan. The visitors got an early surprise when Roskam scored early in the 6th minute and his goal quickly boosted Ismail Zakaria’s men spirit to give an excellent performance throughout the first half. Mateo then added two more goals in the second half to become the hat-trick hero. Mahmoud Amnah managed to get a goal for himself in the 66th minute and to banish TRW’s poor performance with an impressive victory.
Sarawak and ATM contested a hugely entertaining affair at the Kuching Stadium, with five goals scored in the match. Junior Eldstal and S. Chanturu proved themselves to be influential with both of them scoring. The home side were given a shock from The Gladiators with a goal from Arostegui’s free kick but last year’s FAM Most Promising Player, Eldstal scored the equalizer just before half time. In the second half, the most consistent player for Sarawak, S. Chanturu scored for The Crocs to give Robert Alberts’ men the lead. The Gladiators looked lost without their main player, Marlon James and Fazly Alias accidently headed the ball into his own net. A few minutes later, Christie Jayaseelan added a goal for the visitors but it was all too little too late as The Crocs secure three points at home.
Terengganu failed to go back to their winning ways after they only manageed to earn a draw against PKNS FC. The visitors started the game with a bang as Azlan Zainal scored first in 21st minute before Mario Karlovic added the second in the 42nd minute to give a comfortable lead for The Turtles. In the second half, the Liberian maestro, Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh beat Sharbinee to open the scoring for PKNS and Gunalan did not waste the chance given to him to add the second goal for the home side. The score remained 2-2 until the end of the match with both sides deservedly earning a point each.
Meanwhile, Perak lost yet again this time against JDT. The team have now lost five consecutive matches and likely to be relegated. Creative midfielder, Nazrin Nawi’s goal was enough to give Bojan Hodak his second victory for his new team. The home side was never looked like breaking The Southern Tigers's defence in the match and with this kind of performance, their poor run of form was destined to continue.