2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 13
Edging slightly ahead of PDRM goalie Badrulzaman Abdul Halim, who had an outstanding game against the LionsXII, to be our Goalkeeper of the Week is Felda United's No. 1, Fairul Azwan Shahrullai. The former Selangor goalkeeper was called to action on numerous occasions against Sarawak and was up to the task all the time as he recorded an impressive clean sheet.
Against Pahang, Nazrin Nawi was unable to unleash the direct running he is well-known for, which was due to a very good defensive effort by Matthew Davies. The Australian-born defender was constantly alert of Nazrin's position and did not give him much room to exploit.
Robert Cornthwaite was a thorn in Abdul Rahman Ibrahim's side on either end of the field, as not only he frustrated the Terengganu attackers but also grabbed an easy goal to extend his goal-scoring run to two goals in two matches.
Barring Luciano Figueroa's effort that hit the woodwork and Amri Yahyah's goal, the Southern Tigers did not find it easy against Pahang, as Damion Stewart was a rock in the Elephants' defence and cleared any ball that came into the penalty box.
Against Terengganu, Andik Vermansah was far from his best, but he was still capable of influencing the match. In particular, a corner kick he took in the first half indirectly led to Selangor's second goal of the night.
Perak captain Nasir Basharrudin led by example as he rallied his team to a 3-1 comeback win against Sime Darby in Selayang. He played a key role in keeping the home side in their own half for the majority of the match before capping the game off with a goal.
Playing just in front of PDRM's back four, Jaime Braganca did a good job to nullify most of the LionsXII's threats that came his way and forced them to rely mostly on wing plays or long balls.
Marko Perovic's solo effort to give Sime Darby against Perak the lead was a peach of a goal and arguably the only bright side his team had throughout the match. Despite being marked by two defenders, he easily waltzed past them and toe-poked it home.
New Felda United forward Thiago Augusto proved to be handful at Sarawak, winning a penalty before scoring a thumping header to increase his side's advantage.
If he hasn't already, Dramane Traore is definitely becoming the LionsXII's least favourite player soon, as the Malian scored his fourth and fifth goals against them in Saturday's match that finished 2-1 in favour of PDRM.
Marcos Antonio and Fadhli Shas should've left the Darul Makmur Stadium with bruises everywhere as Dickson Nwakaeme was up to his usual bulldozing way against JDT. The Nigerian striker, who netted the equaliser for the Elephants, was such as menace that JDT brought on Adil Zafuan Abdul Radzak towards the end of the match to shore up the defense against him, who was playing alone up front because Matias Conti had been subbed off by then.