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  • March 8, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
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  • A disappointing result for the LionsXII, with Fandi surely seething at how his side threw it away. That's all from me now, til the next time, good night!
  • The LionsXII looked comfortable after taking a first-half lead but a defensive error five minutes into the second period saw them concede an equaliser. They arguably never recovered from it and despite having a one-man advantage when Shakir Ali was shown a straight red on 79 minutes, another awful lapse, this time by Isa, saw Doe break the offside trap and round Izwan to slot home a shock winner!
  • 90' + 3'
    FULL-TIME! Kelantan come away with the win!
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Amar Rohidan
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Francis Forkey Doe
  • 90' + 1'
    GOAL! Oh dear oh dear. Isa gets his bearings all wrong as he appeals in vain for offside, with Doe gleefully collecting Amar's through ball to round Izwan and slide it into an empty net!
  • 89'
    Substitution Fakri Saarani Tengku Hasbullah
  • 89'
    BAR! Safuwan rises highest to meet Zulfahmi's corner at the far post but it comes back off the woodwork! So close!
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Faiz Suhaimi
  • 83'
    Oof, that was lovely composure was Khairul Fahmi as the neatly feints past an oncoming LionsXII player outside the box before moving past another and making the clearance.
  • 79'
    RED CARD! Shakir Ali has been sent off, apparently for striking Afiq off the ball as the substitution was being made. Seems like he kicked out at the LionsXII centre-back.
  • 79'
    Red Card Shakir Ali
  • 77'
    Substitution Wan Zaharulnizam bin Wan Zakaria Amar Rohidan
  • 76'
    A change of personnel upfront as the hardworking Sufian comes on for Amri, who's worked his socks off.
  • 76'
    Substitution Khairul Amri Sufian Anuar
  • 72'
    WIDE! Amri sets up Firdaus with a neat backheel 25 yards out and the latter bends an effort past the upright. Not too far wide...
  • 70'
    WIDE! Afiq is caught dallying on the ball just outside his own box and Does pounces, but blasts his shot wide under pressure from the recevoering centre-back. Let-off!
  • 68'
    WIDE! Zulfahmi has some space and he lets fly from 30 yards, but the shot was always rising and it clears the bar.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Firdaus Kasman
  • 65'
    SAVE! The corner is cleared to the edge of the area where Wan Zaharulnizam strikes it sweetly on the run, but it is straight at Izwan!
  • 64'
    SAVE! Faritz loses the ball in his own half and it falls to Doe in a central position. The striker drives towards goal but Isa does well to get back and put him under pressure, with the shot turned behind by Izwan!
  • 61'
    Substitution Tuan Faim Faiz Suhaimi
  • 58'
    GREAT TACKLE! Amri plays a lovely reverse ball into Firdaus's path inside the box but Nwaneri comes sliding in with a perfect challenge to deny the midfielder!
  • 57'
    Substitution Shahfiq Ghani Zulfahmi Arifin
  • 56'
    A double change for the LionsXII, who have looked flat since conceding. It looks like two direct like-for-like swaps and Zulfahmi in particular will be counted to unlock the Kelantan defence with his range of passing.
  • 56'
    Substitution Faris Ramli Hafiz Sujad
  • 51'
    Assist Tuan Faim
  • 51'
    GOAL!! The Red Warriors have one back out of the blue! After that corner was cleared, the LionsXII went on the break but it was halted by the Kelantan defence. Tuan Faim cleared the ball, which saw Shakir and Afiq have a miscommunication with Izwan as the ball bounced towards the area. Fakri ghosted in the slid it through the goalkeeper's legs for a shock equaliser!
  • 51'
    Goal Fakri Saarani
  • 50'
    SAVE! Badhri forces Izwan to palm away his 25-yard shot behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.
  • 46'
    Apologies for the lack of updates earlier between the 31st minute to half-time, there were connectivity issues! Fortunately, it coincided with a lull in the game. Doe's shot in the 38th minute, which was plamed behind by Izwan, was the only notable action. The score remains 1-0 to the LionsXII.
  • 46'
    SECOND HALF KICK-OFF!!
  • HALF-TIME: LionsXII 1-0 Kelantan!
  • 31'
    Shawky tries to play Doe through but Afiq reads the pass well and cuts it out. Good defending, but you have to say Doe's movement has been good so far. If his midfielders can feed him properly, he will get chances.
  • 30'
    WIDE! Shahfiq sends Amri streaking through down the middle with another slide-rule pass and the latter fires a grounder just wide from 25 yards!
  • 29'
    That was a deserved lead for the hosts, who have been well on top since kick-off.
  • 25'
    Assist Shahfiq Ghani
  • 25'
    GOAL!! Shahfiq floats a delicate cross from just outside the box straight into the path of Amri, who meets it first-time with a lovely cushioned sidefooted finish past the hapless Khairul Fahmi! Superb!
  • 25'
    Goal Khairul Amri
  • 20'
    BLOCKED! Gabriel twists and turns and dances past about six Kelantan players from the right of the box into the middle, before his low drive is blocked by a desperate block! Great play from the winger!
  • 20'
    BLOCKED! Gabriel twists and turns and dances past about six Kelantan players from the right of the box into the middle, before his low drive is blocked by a desperate block! Great play from the winger!
  • 18'
    OFFSIDE! Amri tries to lift a loose ball over Khairul Fahmi but it bounces wide. It would have been a penalty for a foul on the striker by the goalkeeper as well, but for the offside flag. Kelantan escape again!
  • 17'
    WIDE! Another chance for Doe, who slams a half-volley from 25 yards past the near post!
  • 17'
    CHANCE! Shahfiq swings in a cross from deep and it bounces just over Afiq's head as he rose to meet it!
  • 12'
    It's all happening now. Doe chips a lovely ball over the top to Shakir, who is unlucky to be flagged for the foul on his namesake as both tangled.
  • 11'
    Gabriel surges at the heart of the Kelantan defence but the final pass is the wrong one as he goes wide to Faris instead of central to Amri. The former wins a corner, which comes to nothing.
  • 10'
    OFFSIDE! Bahdri Radzi wins the ball in midfield and slips Doe through. The linesman's flag goes up, but that looked level from where I am!
  • 9'
    Faritz bursts forwards and moves into infield but his pass to Amri in the centre is poor and Kelantan clear. But the LionsXII soon regain possession.
  • 8'
    WIDE! Forkey Doe lashes out at the ball as it bounced but the 35-yard effort goes wide. Good attempt. The Liberian will be counted on for the goals tonight in the absence of Ghaddar, along with strike partner Shakir Ali.
  • 6'
    CHANCE! Faris cuts in from the left and drives a shot at goal but it is deflected safely into Khairul Fahmi's grateful arms!
  • 2'
    Shahfiq swings in the corner but Amri can only put his first-time shot wide under pressure. The crowd are booing Nwaneri now as he touches every ball, for bringing down Faris.
  • 1'
    NO PENALTY! Gabriel floats a superb cross from the right to the far post for Faris, whose first touch is poor. But he appears to be brought down, although the referee waves away the appeals! Controversy!
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF!!
  • A moment of silence is observed before kick-off as we have missing Malaysia Airlines flight MHA370 in our prayers here.
  • Here we go... the teams are marching on to the pitch now!
  • The crowd are getting into the spirit as they cheer the LionsXII before the game. Great atmosphere!
  • Some statistics: the LionsXII are fifth in the MSL table with 8 points, while Kelantan have 9 and are in second, behind leaders Terengganu by one. Fandi's men have scored 6 goals and conceded 5; it's 8 and 5 respectively for Steve Darby's charges. That is all after five games.
  • We are about 25 minutes away from kick-off. What are your predictions? Tweet me at @TengKiat!
  • The full Kelantan XI as below:

    Khairul; Tuan, Nwaneri, Nik Shahrul, Farisham; Wan, Badhri (C), Shawky, Fakri; Doe, Shakir Ali.

    Bench: Syazwan, Faiz, Faizol, Tengku, Amar, Nazri, Ghaddar.
  • For Kelantan, they have been handed a major boost: top scorer Ghaddar and star midfielder Shawky are both in the team, although the former is only on the bench. That is probably due to fatigue, having played for Lebanon in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers a few days ago.
  • For the hosts, Amri is IN the starting line-up despite talk of him being injured. Faris and Gabriel are entrusted with attacking duties down the flanks, while Firdaus Kasman comes in for a second straight start. Zulfahmi, who provided the assist for Afiq's winning goal at ATM three weeks ago, is on the bench again.
  • The line-ups have just arrived in my hands and they are as follows:

    LionsXII XI: Izwan; Faritz, Safuwan, Afiq, Shakir; Isa (C), Firdaus; Faris, Shahfiq, Gabriel; Amri

    Bench: Khairulhin, Madhu, Raihan, Hafiz, Zulfahmi, Nazrul, Sufian.
  • Helllo everyone, a good evening from Jalan Besar Stadium! My name is Teng Kiat and I will guide you through tonight's action as the LionsXII take on Kelantan FA after a three-week break from the Malaysia Super League.