Justin Ganai's Sabah came from two goals down to grab a point at Petaling JayaIt was a game to remember for two Michaels. PKNS’s Michael Nicoise and Sabah’s Michael Baird proved to be the toast for both sides as they helped their teams to a 2-2 draw in the Petaling Jaya Stadium.
PKNS nearly drew first blood in the game as new signing Nicoise managed a header off of a corner-kick from in-form midfielder, Fauzan Dzulkifli that went just over the crossbar.
It was a scrappy 45 minutes as both sides couldn’t muster much chances and relied only on set-pieces. Nicoise looked impressive in his second game as the former Al Masry attacker caused problems for Rethauddin Emran and Fariss Azlan Mat Isa.
The forward proved to be the difference in the first-half as he scored his first goal in the Super League. The striker thumped in a thunderous 30-metre free-kick to give his side the lead.
Sabah’s only real chance came through Baird in the 31st minute when the Australian curled in a brilliant free-kick, only to see his shot go wide.
Just minutes into the second half, PKNS nabbed their second goal with another brilliant effort from Nicoise. Receiving a pass from Rudie Ramli, the Frenchman dribbled past Sabah skipper Rethauddin Emran and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Azizon Kadir.
The goal proved to be a wake-up call for Sabah as Baird and Bobby Gonzales started causing problems for PKNS’s defence.
In the 73rd minute, Baird pulled one back for his team when he headed in from a cross by the nippy Sharudin Yakop.
Barely ten minutes later, Baird and Yakop switched roles in grabbing the equaliser. The Australian's cross found Yakop who duly obliged by heading the ball home to bring the score level with just seven minutes left to play.
Justin Ganai, was a relieved man at the final whistle as his team came away with a point, but PKNS will rue the match having thrown away a good opportunity to claim their first win of the season.