Ong Kim Swee's charges brushed Redlands aside in a seven goal thriller at the Cleveland Showgrounds
BY FALAH ABDULLAH Follow on Twitter
A three-goal salvo in the final fifteen minutes sealed a memorable 5-2 victory for Ong Kim Swee's fledglings at the Cleveland Showgrounds.
The Young Tigers proved their mettle as they fought back from the home side's early goals which were scored by Rhys Meredith and Graham Fyfe. Amirul Awang and Amir Zafran struck back in the first half to level the score at 2-2.
However, it was midfield playmaker Ferris Danial who stole the show with his vision and passing ability. The Redlands' defence were ran ragged throughout the match by the defence splitting passes of the 21-year-old.
The Kelantan-born Ferris instigated the late goal spree in the 79th minute with an easy tap in at the near post to give the Malaysians the lead for the first time during the match. Not ready to sit on their lead, the Young Tigers went on the attack mode and were rewarded with a penalty kick due to a clumsy challenge by defender James Donnelly. D. Saarvindran stepped up confidently to hit a fourth goal and settle the game.
Dimunitive winger Ridzuan Abdunloh delivered the final nail in the coffin in the 88th minute to score past the hapless Andrew Ralph, after some good work down the right flank by Adam Nor Azlin.
The pivotal away win sees the Young Tigers remaining in 9th place in the NPL Queensland table, albeit with a game in hand.