MSL Weekly Round-up 11: LionsXII go top, JDT comeback again

The LionsXII fought hard against a determined Negeri Sembilan side but put one goal past them to take the summit of the league.

Round 11 of the Malaysian Super League (MSL) started with top-of-the-table Selangor visiting Felda United in their attempt to stay at the summit. The Settlers dashed Irfan Bakti’s hopes when Carlos Junior converted a penalty to give the home side the lead but Amri Yahyah saved the Red Giants the blushes when he equalised three minutes later. The point put Felda third from bottom at 11 points. The result gave ATM the opening they needed to regain their lost glory and take top spot in the league.

ATM walked into Paroi with their heads held high as they knew that a win against Kelantan would make them league-leaders. With so much hope, B. Sathianathan was livid when his side conceded two easy goals due to defensive mistakes. Indra Putra and Keita Mandjou put the Red Warriors up 2-0 in the first half. In the exciting encounter, ATM fought back in the second period through a 54th Marlon James’ free kick and equalised 12 minutes later via Hairuddin Omar. However, Kelantan killed the game in the dying minutes when Norfarhan came on as a substitute to grab a late winner with an audacious chip over Farizal.

On Saturday, T-Team welcomed Pahang to the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium but were convincingly beaten 3-1 by the Tok Gajah. It took the Titans 25 minutes to open the scoring through Mokhtar Muinuddin but Fauzi Roslan stomped on their celebration with an instant reply two minutes later. The scored remained for most of the game but late goals from Faizol Hussein and R. Gopinathan sealed all three points for Dollah Salleh’s men, who are now one point behind Selangor with 18 points in fifth place.

The LionsXII maintained their perfect home record at the Jalan Besar Stadium after hard-fought 1-0 win against bottom-dwelling Negeri Sembilan. The visitors held out the Lions for 79 minutes before skipper Shahril Ishak was at the end of Nazrul Nazari’s to head home from close range, sealing three points for the home side. V. Sundramoorthy’s men reach the summit of the MSL with the win while the Deers are still without a win this season.

In the second five-goal thriller of the week, Johor Darul Takzim edged Terengganu 3-2 at home but not without a fight. The visitors took the lead 10 minutes into the game through Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona. The Southern Tigers sparked their comeback at the 37-minute mark when Spaniard Dani Guiza found the net from a spot kick. In a rampage, Fandi Ahmad’s side scored one more before the break to make it 2-1 with a second goal from Guiza. In the second half, Nuzul Azwan Royam made it three for the home side while, Effa managed to pull another one back for the Penyus. Despite losing Ahmad Tharmini who was sent off, JDT held on for the three points.

Perak traveled to the Petaling Jaya Stadium to take on PKNS FC and trumped the Red Ants 1-0 with a late goal from Rafiuddin Roddin. The less than exciting affair ended with the two sides stay level on 14 points separated only by goal difference.