PKNS FC 1-3 Johor Darul Takzim: Red Ants fall prey to the Southern Tigers
A Guiza-led Darul Takzim dominated a listless PKNS FC through swift attacking moves to register their second win of the season
By Falah Abdullah
|FROM SHAH ALAM
By Falah Abdullah
The Southern Tigers started the game brightly with their Spanish superstar, Dani Guiza spearheading a three pronged attack alongside national duo; Safee Sali and Norhsharul Idlan Talaha.
Three minutes was all it took for Safee Sali to cause havoc to the PKNS defence marshaled by skipper Helmi Remeli. He managed to dribble past his marker before Helmi brought him down in the penalty box. Safee’s penalty shout however was turned down by referee, Ramli Mat Dahlan.
The Red Ants dominated the midfield through their playmaker, Helmi Loussaief. The Frenchman proved to be an integral cog of the midfield engine.
Darul Takzim broke the deadlock through Malaysia’s chief striker, Safee Sali in the 18th minute. Skipper Safiq Rahim threaded a nice through pass to Guiza whose delightful cross was met by Safee’s strong header.
The travelling Southern Tigers fans celebrated the goal jubilantly.
In the dying minutes of the first half, Darul Takzim was awarded a free kick outside the box. Dani Guiza was close to replicating his thunderous 30 yard free kick goal against Kelantan but was denied by PKNS custodian, Remezey’s cat like reflexes.
Fandi Ahmad’s charges picked up where they left off through a swift attacking move by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha whose swerving cross found an unmarked Guiza. His effort was yet again denied by Remezey.
The Southern Tigers soon doubled their lead through a defensive mishap by the Red Ants. Midfielder, Ahmed Ezrie was quick to pounce on the loose ball to score the second goal.
They were not done yet though. A fleet footed Nurul Azwan Roya found an unmarked Guiza with acres of space and the Spaniard coolly slotted home Darul Takzim's third goal.
It was a well deserved goal for the hardworking Dani Guiza.
Mohd Faiz scored a consolation goal for PKNS in the dying seconds of the stoppage time. But it was too little too late.
In the end, Darul Takzim’s better usage of their ball possession coupled with deadly finishing were enough to hand Haji Abdul Rahman’s PKNS their second home defeat of the season.
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