KL stay on top, Negeri and Melaka keep chase

The Malaysia Premier League resumed, with three state teams occupying the top three spots in the league after the conclusion of matchday six.

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The Malaysia Premier League resumed with its round six, and three state teams occupyied the top three spots in the league after the conclusion of matchday six.

On Monday, second last Sabah found their first win in the league, after they beat bottom-placed 3-1 ATM at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, Jengka. The visitors opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Marco Tulio, but the Gladiators equalised seven minutes later through Venice Elphi's penalty. Leopold Otong retook the lead in the 57th minute with a wonderful strike from outside the box, before Indonesian winger Dedi Kusnandar added the Rhino's third in the 78th minute.

DRB-Hicom, who just a month ago were league title challengers, could only drew 2-2 with Perlis at home, the Proton Stadium. Perlis were the first to score, through Vincent Kayne in the tenth minute. The Great Bees equalised through Fakrul Aiman Sidid eight minutes later, but in the 24th minute the Northern Lions retook the lead through Mohamadou Sumareh. The home side drew level again just before halftime, through Ivan Babic's header following a corner kick. No goals were scored in the second half, so both sides went home with one point each.

Negeri Sembilan kept their second spot with a comprehensive 4-0 away win over troubled Sime Darby. Their goals were scored by Taylor Regan (13', 22') a Juzaili Samion own goal (35), and Joel Chianese (77').

However Kuala Lumpur managed to keep their distance with Negeri Sembilan, with a 2-1 come-from-behind away win over Kuantan at the Darulmakmur Stadium. The Seagulls drew first blood in the 21st minute through Dao Bakary's header, but the City Boys fought back in the second half. Anselmo Arruda equalised with a low strike from the edge of the box in the 64th minute, and found the winner in the 86th minute, a wonderful Zhafri Yahya curler into the top far corner.

PKNS' seven-win streak in all competitions meanwhile was halted by Johor Darul Ta'zim II (JDT II), after they drew 3-3 at the Hang Jebat Stadium. At first the match looked to be the Red Ants' eighth straight win, when they went three up in early second half, through Matias Hadwa (7', 28') and a Dominic Tan own goal (48'). But JDT refused to give up, and scored three goals in the space of three minutes, through Shafiq Baharudin's brace (69', 71) and a goal by skipper Shahril Ishak in the 72nd minute.

In the only matchday six to take place on Tuesday, Melaka United kept pace with NS and KL with a 3-1 over UiTM FC at the Hang Jebat Stadium. Although the visitors surprised the Mousedeers with a first-minute goal by Eliel da Cruz Guardiano, the home side immediately responded with the equaliser barely a minute later through Ilija Spasojevic. Libinot Harbuzi gave Melaka the lead in the first half injury time, before Spasojevic added his second in the 52nd minute.

After matchday six was played out, KL are still first (14 points), followed by NS and Melaka (12), DRB-Hicom and PKNS (10), Perlis, Kuantan and UiTM (8), JDT II (7), Sime Darby (5), Sabah (4), and ATM (0).

In matchday seven this Friday, UiTM will take on ATM, Sabah will host Sime Darby, JDT II will entertain Perlis' visit, NS will face PKNS, Melaka will play Kuantan, while KL will host DRB-Hicom.