MSL Round Report: Southern Tigers claim MSL crown as Red Giants finish second

Johor DT emerged as the new Malaysia Super League champions after their close 1-0 win over Sarawak, while Selangor finished second after only managing to draw 2-2 with PKNS

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In the title decider match, JDT just needed to win against their opponent to ensure the MSL title belonged to them. It was Sarawak who were be JDT’s opponent in the final match of the league. Playing in Kuching, the visitors took control of the possession in the early half of the game but failed to produce a breakthrough. After the break, the sensational Argentinean, Jorge Diaz finally managed to break the deadlock as he scored in the 66th minutes to give the Southern Tigers the lead.The Crocs fought back to score a goal and almost gave the Southern Tigers' fans a big shock as they came close towards scoring only for the goal to be ruled out for offside by the linesman. The score remained 1-0 until the final minute of the game and Bojan Hodak’s men were crowned as the new champions of the MSL 2014.

Runners up Selangor failed to utilize their chances to put some pressure on JDT after they only managed to draw against PKNS FC. The Red Giants came to the stadium with high hopes as they were confident in defeating the home side. It was a great start for the visitors as their top scorer, Paolo Rangel scored the first goal on the 22nd minute to put them up by 1-0. But The Fire Ants did not give up and Patrick Ronaldinho scored the equalizer for them after he managed to beat the offside trap. The Red Giants did not wait too long to score back as Paolo Rangel scored from the corner to put his goal tally to 16 goals in the MSL. Selangor looked certain to win this match with better ball possession until The Fire Ants were given a penalty which was converted by the South Korean, Kim Dong Chen to put the scoreline 2-2 until the end. With the draw, Durakovic’s men finished second in the MSL while PKNS were relegated to MPL.

At the bottom table, Perak needed to win to keep themselves in the MSL next season. They were up against the mighty Pahang but with the advantage of playing at home, they managed to square off their opponent with an impressive 3-0 victory. The first half was all about Milan Purovic as he managed to scored two goals on the 22nd and 24th minute. In the second half, Abdulafees Abdulsalam scored the third goal for The Bos Gaurus to end The Elephants’ season with a defeat. The win moved Perak to 9th place and secured their position in the top flight.

In another bottom table battle, we saw T-Team FC take on LionsXII with the home side needing to win to remain in the MSL. But it was the reigning champions who won the match with a narrow 1-0 victory. The goal came from Faris Ramli on the 66th minute after he curled in towards the net with his right foot. With the win,The Lions will remain in the MSL but Mohd Alif’s men will see themselves playing in the MPL next season.

ATM was another team which needed at least a point to remain in the Super League. The team they played to get the points was Sime Darby FC and with patience and motivation, they managed to get the coveted point from that game after both teams drew 1-1. Bruno Martelotto put The Gladiators up front on the 33rd minutes, to give their fans something to cheer about. But in the second half, Mahmoud Amna silenced the home fans after he scored an equalizer on the 50th minute. The Gladiators played an all out defensive strategy after that to preserve the scoreline and they successfully did that to remain in the Super League.

Meanwhile, an East Coast derby match took place between Kelantan and Terengganu and it was a rather entertaining game with 5 goals being scored in that match. The Turtles turned out to be the winner in the match with a one goal margin. The Red Warriors started fiercely after scoring two goals in the first half through Fakri Saarani (4’) and Khairul Izuan (27’) to put them in a comfortable zone before the break. But in the second half, The Turtles took advantage of their opponents’ lack of concentration by punishing them with three goals, that were all scored in the final 15 minutes of the game. Abdul Manaf Mamat scored two goals on the 75th minute and 79th minute before Nor Farhan wrapped it up for the visitors with their third goal, 2 minutes later.