Selangor 0-0 LionsXII: The Singapore side extends lead at summit despite draw in Shah Alam
Despite coming away with a point against the Red Giants, V.Sundramoorthy's side stretched their lead at the top after Darul Takzim suffered a 3-0 loss to Perak FA
By Falah Abdullah
|By Falah Abdullah
A surprisingly small crowd of 10,000 fans came out to the Shah Alam Stadium to see if the Red Giants could stop the runaway leaders, LionsXII.
The home crowd did not have to wait long as their returning hitman, Francis Forkey Doe combined well with Amri Yahyah upfront before unleashing a well struck shot only to be denied by Izwan Mahbud. It was a good reflex save by the 22 year old custodian.
Moments later, pacey winger S.Kunalan turned his marker Faritz Hameed inside out on the left flank before unleashing a fierce shot at goal. Izwan Mahbud however, positioned himself well to stop the effort. It was all too comfortable for a Selangor team who looked sharper and more determined , happy to persistently hit the unthreatening visitors on the break.
Sundram's charges finally registered their first effort on goal at the half hour mark through Hariss Harun but his speculative effort was acrobatically denied by Norazlan Razali. It was a close shave for the Red Giants.
Selangor picked up where they left off in the second half with purposeful attacks on the LionsXII defence marshalled by the experienced Baihakki Khaizan. This solid defensive play however was not matched offensively as skipper Shahril Ishak cut a forlorn figure upfront chasing shadows.
On the hour midfield hardman K.Gurusamy hit a fierce long range drive, but Izwan Mahbud pulled off a decent save to further frustrate Irfan Bakti's boys. Selangor's shot on goal statistics reached double figures at this point.
Gurusamy yet again positioned himself well in the LionsXII's penalty box only to miss skipper Asraruddin Putra's inviting cross by a whisker. The travelling away fans breathed a sigh of relief as the drilled cross had goal written all over it.
The Red Giants piled on more pressure with some good wing play by national duo S.Kunalan and Mahali Jasuli which forced the away side's defensive unit into submission. However, Izwan Mahbud stood in their way with some decent saves.
In the end, Selangor failed to utilise their far more superior ball possession with the much needed clinical finishing as a sturdy LionsXII will be happy with the hard fought valuable away point to stay on top of the MSL table.
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