MSL Round Report Week: Perak continue to hike while Selangor take top spot

The Red Giants emerged as the new Super League table leaders last night after a close 1-0 victory against title rivals Pahang


The Malaysian Super League table now has a new leader after Selangor took helm by beating rivals Pahang 1-0. The match was a rather nerve-wrecking one, with both sides having chances to find the back of the net. But at the end of the day, Andik's solitary goal on the 65th minute mark was more than enough for the Red Giants to seize victory in this one. Massive credit has to be given towards Farizal Marlias as well, for performing admirably in between the sticks, as he prevented Pahang from scoring on more than one occassion.

Kelantan also returned to winning ways yesterday as they claimed their first victory under the tutelage of new head coach George Boateng. The Red Warriors were aggressive from the offset and were rewarded for their efforts as Wan Zaharulnizam gave them the lead just before half time. PKNS fought hard to come back into the game, but Francis Forkey Doe was perfectly positioned to kill the game by firing Kelantan's second goal on the 89th minute.

Meanwhile, Sime Darby went up against Sarawak in what was a thrilling encounter that produced five goals. Chanturu opened the scoring on the 8th minute mark, before Ryan Griffiths doubled the lead on the 22nd mark. Just when it seemed like Sarawak were cruising to victory, Sime Darby mounted an unprecedented comeback. Sharofetdinov pulled one back on half hour's mark, before restoring parity seconds before half time. And on the 84th minute, Saidin emerged as the hero by firing the winner for Sime Darby.

Perak continued their revival with their second win on the trot, by defeating ATM 2-1. Foreign striker Abdulafees broke the deadlock on the 39th minute to give Perak the lead. But ATM kept pushing for the equalizer and they did so relentlessly as well. But the Bos Gaurus held on impeccably, before pulling the trigger for the second time through Abdulafees on the 87th minute. Juan Manuel Arostegui reduced the deficit for ATM in injury time, but the goal proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation as Perak held on to claim a key victory.

Besides that, the Terengganu derby produced an exciting affair that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Sultan Nasiruddin Shah Stadium. The Turtles were the better side from the beginning, and that was initially reflected in the score line as well, with Zairo giving them the lead on the 36th minute. But T-Team did not give up in any way, and they kept pushing hard for the equalizer. Ultimately, Azraai Khor's men got their coveted goal through Jimmy Mulisa on the 76th minute. Both sides fought valiantly for the winning goal, but the game ended 1-1 at the end of the night.