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MSL Round Report: JDT keeps pressure on Selangor

MSL Round Report: JDT keeps pressure on Selangor

Rubiq Radi

Elsewhere, there were impressive wins for Kelantan, Perak and Sarawak while ATM hold the reigning FA Cup champions to a draw

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Leaders Selangor remained on top after beating Terengganu 4-1 at Kuala Terengganu. The first goal was scored by The Red Giants and was considered as controversial where current MSL’s top scorer, Paulo Rangel scored a goal which eventually leads him to be sent off just before the break. The home side failed to take the one-man advantage as the visitors scored the second goal just one minute into the second half from Hadi Yahya. The Turtles got themselves a consolation goal after Moustapha Dabo scored in the 52nd minute. The Red Giants continued to show their domination in the match by scoring 2 more goals in the last 2 minutes of the game from S. Veenod (89′) and S. Kunalan (90’). In the end, Selangor got their three points which means they remained on top.

Meanwhile, JDT continued to play catch up with the Selangor after they won against Sime Darby FC by 3-0. The goal scoring fiesta began with Amri Yahyah struck to the heart of the opponent’s goal in the 44th minute. In the second half, Argentine winger, Jorge Diaz doubled his tally for the Tigers in the 51st and 81st minute to give the home side a comfortable win. Despite the win, JDT remained in second place.

ATM and the current FA Cup winners, Pahang played out a hugely entertaining affair at the Selayang Stadium, with 4 goals scored in the match in which both teams settled for a draw. The visitors started strong and got their first goal from a Fauzi Saari’s own goal in the 21st minute.  The home side fought back and managed to equalise through Juan Arostegui in the 54th minute. Just when the The Gladiators thought there is some glittering hope from the equalizer, The Elephants scored their second goal from Nizam Miswan in the 68th minute. B. Satianathan’s men did not stop there and got their equalizer through Bruno Martelotto in the 76th minute to end the game with 2-2.

Kelantan displayed a wonderful performance to beat the reigning champions, LionsXII in Kota Bahru. The home side received a boost in their performance after new import Prince Tagoe finally made his debut. The Red Warriors were aggressive from the start and were rewarded for their efforts as Fakri Saarani gave them the lead just before half time. Izuan Rosli added the second goal for the home side to make it 2-0 in the 60th minute. The Singapore Lions fought hard to come back into the game and got their goal in the 68th minute through Faris Ramli but it was too little too late.

Sarawak battled against T-Team in Kuching last night in a match which saw the home side earning a 2-0 victory. Both sides were poor in the first half but The Crocs' import, Muamer Salibasic showed his ability to blast a shot to put the home side in front in the 27th minute. It was a different story in the second half after Sarawak put on a better performance and scored their second goal from captain, Joseph Kallang Tie in 56th minute to help The Crocs gained three valuable points.

Perak continued their revival with their second win on the trot, by defeating PKNS FC 3-1. Norhakim Isa broke the deadlock on the 5th minute to give Perak the lead. Hassan Daher scored the second goal for the home side in the 16th minute to give them a 2-0 lead. But PKNS FC kept pushing for a goal and they did just that in the 30th. The Bos Gaurus were impeccable defensively, before pulling the trigger for the thrid time through Milan Purovic in the 63rd minute to claim an important victory.