Kelantan leave it late to nick a win from a tricky away match at Kuching
They had earlier lost meekly in their league opener against ATM FA and were then made to labour against Pulau Pinang for their FA Cup tie win.
They started out brightly against the Red Warriors with Ashri Chuchu leading most of their attacks from the left. However, despite making plenty of forays into the visitors' final third, they failed to create chances of note.
Kelantan were also also threatening at times through the combination of their foreign strikers Muhammad Ghaddar and Francis Forkey Doe, but the two could not make their chances count.
Despite the high tempo of the first half, with players on both teams getting booked for late tackles, the first half finished goal-less, with Sarawak dominating play.
Eight minutes into the second half, Doe looked to have eluded the Sarawak defence before slotting the ball in past Sarawak goalkeeper Sani Anuar Kamsani, but the flag was already up.
The second half was a more tenuous affair for both teams, with fewer chances created as compared to the first half.
In the 64th minute, Lot Abu Hassan sent in a cross from into the right that was met well by Sarawak's new Iranian striker Alireza Abbasfard, but his header rose over the bar and Kelantan were saved.
But just as the match looked to be ending as a score-less draw, Kelantan skipper Badhri Razi freed Ghaddar down the left. Although he was marked by a defender, he was still able to squeeze a low cross into the box, which was not expected by Sani.
Forkey Doe was left with the easiest of tap ins from right in front of the goalmouth, for the first and only goal of the match, as the final whistle was blown a minute later.
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