MSL Round Report Week 23: Red Warriors tighten their grip on the top spot

With four points clear at top of the table and with an advantage of an extra game, Kelantan look likely to retain their Super League crown.
With another six matches played on Tuesday night, the best viewing is of course in the away win for Kelantan against Negeri Sembilan. The titleholders were trailing behind the home team with an early goal by Firdaus Azizul. Azlan Ismail then equalised just minutes after the break. Kelantan looked set for another win with a quick double salvo from Mohammed Ghaddar and Indra Putra which shocked the home fans. Negeri Sembilan’s skipper, Shukor Adan netted a goal late in the game to reduce the deficit, but it was too little too late.

Third-placed Perak suffered a shocking defeat against PKNS FC, at home ground despite the early lead from Akmal Rizal. Perak could not hold their lead and their complacency at the ending minutes were punished by Mohamad Fazli Baharudin's goal, 10 minutes before time. Mohamad Fazli Baharudin then netted the winning goal for PKNS FC just 2 minutes later.

Terengganu entered the match against relegated Kuala Lumpur with high expectations. The home side took the early lead through Francis Doe. The home crowd was shaken with the referee's decision to reward Kuala Lumpur with a penalty kick, and Emmanuel Okine slotted in the opportunity confidently. Terengganu finally found the lead 5 minutes before the whistle with Francis Doe's winning goal.

Sarawak endured a home loss against T-Team FC in wet conditions in Kuching, Sarawak. One goal is enough for T-Team to sink The Crocs and their hopes of leaping T-Team in the league will be even more difficult from the week onwards.

Selangor hosted the game agianst Kedah hoping to rebound back from the defeat to Red Warriors on the weekend. Both sides had plenty of goal attempts but was tied into the break. The second-half started with more exciting plays from both sides and finally Selangor took the lead from a Boško Balaban beautifully taken free-kick. Kedah remain resilient and their efforts were finally rewarded when Khyril Muhymeen netted the equalizer just a minute before full-time.
In Stadium Pasir Gudang, Sabah visited Johor FC for what to be the battle to survive relegation. Syazwan Zainon opened the scoring for Johor FC before Sharudin Yakup drew level for Sabah. Late in the first-half, striker Haris Safwan secured the winning goal to give Johor FC the crucial full 3 points, and keeping them out of the relegations zone.