The second week of the Malaysia Super League saw underdogs pull off great upsets over title favourites, as Kelantan continued their fine start to the season
After an exciting opening of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) last weekend, the second week proved to be more dramatic and not short of surprises as some of the title favourites failed to pick up three points against underdogs.
Late goals were key in this week's round of fixtures, while only two home teams failed to take maximum points.
Earlier on Friday, PKNS FC picked up their first three points of the season away from home with a second-half goal from Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh enough for them to defeat ATM FA at Selayang Stadium.
Another home team that also failed to win this weekend were newcomers Sarawak FA, who did not do enough to beat FA Cup champions Kelantan FA in Kuching. For The Red Warriors, their second straight victory of the season puts them at the top of table and they have to thank their new striker Francis Forkey Doe for scoring the only goal in 90th minute.
Kelantan were not the only team to score goal in the 90th minute, as Da Cruz Guardiano also scored in the last minute of the game to give a young Perak FA team a shock win over Terengganu FA, giving the former their first three points of the season.
However, there were differing fortunes for another club from Terengganu, T-Team, as they pulled out the most unexpected result for the second round of MSL. The Titans beat the hot-favourites, star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-0 at Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium. Patrich Wanggai was the hero for the home team as he scored in the second half to beat all the odds and give T-Team a vital three points against Jimenez’s side.
Another upset was also recorded when Sime Darby defeated Malaysia Cup and Charity Shield champions Pahang FA 1-0. Fahrul Razi’s goal in the 50th minute proved to be decisive and gave the newcomers their first three points, lifting them out of the relegation zone.
Last year’s MSL winners LionsXII also recorded their first win of the season in a dramatic way as they beat Selangor FA 2-1 in Singapore. Shakir Hamzah gave the Lions a first-half lead, but Fitri Shazwan equalised for the Red Giants in the second half before Khairul Amri netted an injury-time winner.
Three late winners and upsets by the underdogs over the MSL favourites in the second week has given football fans some indicators that this season’s title going to be wide open and anything can happen in football.
Kelantan are now leading the pack with a maximum six points, followed by Selangor, ATM and JDT with three points to fill up the top four. At the bottom, Sarawak is the only team without any points.