MSL Weekly Round-up 10: ATM go top, Southern Tigers tamed in Shah Alam

Gladiators were big winners on Friday night as they put four past Perak to temporarily reclaim the top spot in the Malaysian Super League

City rivals Terengganu and T-Team went to head to head in the early kickoff on Friday. The Titans’ bad run continues after they were beaten 1-0 at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium. The match remained goalless until the deadlock was broken in added time. Faderin Kadir scored the only goal of the game for the Penyus to give E. Elavarasan’s men the full three points.

Over at the Darulmakmur Stadium, PKNS FC came from behind to convincingly beat Pahang in a four-goal thriller. R. Gopinathan took 25 minutes to open the scoring for the Tok Gajah but Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh equalised for his side moments before the break. In the second period, the Liberian forward completed his brace after Nizad Ayub netted the second for the Red Ants making it 3-1. Pahang’s faith in local talent took a dent after the heavy home defeat.

The last game on Friday night saw ATM demolish Perak in Ipoh. In the first half, the Gladiators were trailing 2-0 after a 10th-minute strike from Karim Rouani and another from Shahrom Abdul Kalam just 10 minutes later. Hairuddin Omar pulled one back for the visitors moments after the second goal. ATM then equalised in the 43rd minute through Christie Jayaseelan. Marlon Alex James continued his scoring form in the dying minutes of the first period to give ATM their third and completed B. Sathianathan’s 4-2 comeback in the 85th minute with his second of the night.

Saturday’s Malaysian Super League fixtures were red hot and the first of the evening saw the LionsXII pull a late winner against off-form Kelantan to maintain their perfect home record this season. The home side maintained most of the possession and did well to stop Indra Putra and Mandjou Keita. There were goals on either side which were ruled offside but Shahfiq Ghani scored at 82nd minute to condemn the Red Warriors to their third defeat this season.

The other exciting match took place at the Shah Alam Stadium when Selangor welcomed Johor Darul Takzim and literally brought them to school. First-half goals from S. Kunalan and Forkey Doe pretty much summed up the game for the Red Giants but they were not done. Despite losing Peter Chrappan who was sent off after picking up his second yellow card in the 52nd minute, Mahalli Jasuli and Amri Yahyah netted one each to make it 4-0 with over 20 minutes left on the clock. The visitors kept knocking for a reply but were thwarted by Norazlan Razali. However, they pulled one back through Norsharul Idlan Talaha at the 74th minute but it was too little too late.

Meanwhile in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan again failed to register their first win of the season when they went down to Felda United 1-0. The singular goal from the Settlers took them out of the relegation zone and doomed the Deers to the bottom of the table with only five points from 10 games. K. Devan’s men are now on equal points with reigning champions Kelantan.