BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Several friendly matches were held on Friday and Saturday during the fasting month break from football, with several lower league teams producing commendable results against their higher ranked opponents.
On Friday night, wantaway Argentine striker Gabriel Guerra nevertheless showed his professionalism by scoring a goal in Premier League side PKNS' 4-3 win over FAM Cup side AirAsia FC, in a friendly that was held at the PKNS Sports Complex, Kelana Jaya. The homeside's other goals came through Khairul Ramadhan Zauwawi's brace and Yusaini Hafiz, according to their social media. Red Jets' goals meanwhile were scored by K. Satish, who coincidentally has just recently arrived at the club as a loanee from PKNS, Zamri Morshidi and former Malaysia international Khyril Muhymeen Zambri.
On the same night, Premier League outfit Negeri Sembilan trounced third-division side SAMB FC 4-0 at their home ground, the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium. The match also saw the involvement of the Deers' two new foreign signings, French striker Goran Jerković and Australian winger Henrique Andrade Silva. Jerković scored one goal in the match, while the remainder of Negeri's goals were scored by Afiq Azmi, Rahizi Rasib and Sabri Saha. Negeri have qualified for this year's Malaysia Cup which will take place after the break, after a two-year absence from the competition.
Felda United, currently second in the Super League, meanwhile were held 3-3 at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium by Premier League side DRB-Hicom. According to the Bees' social media, all three of the Fighters' goals were scored by transfer target Thiago Augusto Fernandes, while DRB-Hicom's goals were scored by Nazri Kamal, and two unnamed foreign trialists.
On Saturday, Premier League leaders Melaka United held Super League's Selangor to a 2-2 draw at the Shah Alam Stadium. Although the Red Giants took an early lead in the ninth minute through Patrick Wleh, the Mousedeers snatched the lead through two goals by R. Surendran (18') and their recent signing, Palestine international Yashir Pinto (62'). But the home team managed to salvage their pride, when Mauro Olivi converted a penalty nine minutes later. After a seven-year absence from the Malaysia Cup, Melaka will be making a return to the competition in this year's edition.
Perak too were held at home, when they drew 2-2 with bottom-placed Premier League side ATM at the Perak Stadium. According to the Bos Gaurus' social media, their goals were scored by Brazilian forward Elias and returning former striker Razali Umar Kandasamy, while ATM's goals were scored by the Gladiators' foreign trialists, of whom there were six that night, according to the home team's social media account.
However there were no surprises when Pulau Pinang took on FAM Cup side MISC-MIFA at the City Stadium on the same night, with the Panthers comfortably winning 2-0. Their goals were scored by Syamer Kutty Abba and Reinaldo Lobo, according to Pulau Pinang's social media.