MSL Wrap: JDT capitalise on Felda slip to overtake as break beckons

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) regained top spot in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) after a Felda United slip up while Sarawak continued their impressive form under caretaker David Usop.

PDRM 1 Kedah 1

Kedah were dominant but were denied a victory by the heroics of PDRM goalkeeper Willfred Anak Jabun who frustrated the visitors on several occasions.

Midfielder Liridon Krasniqi, however, earned Kedah a point by scoring from close range in stoppage time after a mix-up in the PDRM backline.

PDRM took the lead in the 43rd minute courtesy of right-back Syauki Abdul Wahab when he reacted the quickest to Andrezinho’s free-kick rebounding off the crossbar.

Kedah, who have yet to win away in the league, took off ineffective striker Carlos Kahe and replaced the Brazilian with Syafiq Ahmad in the second half but it did not bring any effect.

The absence of Sandro Mendonca, who is seeking treatment for a back problem in Brazil, limited Kedah’s options in attack.

Pahang 0 JDT 6

It was a nightmare for Pahang who were out muscled in every aspect of the game as striker Pereyra Diaz became only the second player to score a hat-trick in the league to lead JDT to their ninth win of the season.

Diaz scored in the 29th, 55th and 76th minutes while Juan Martin Lucero recorded his fourth brace of the season in the sixth and 47th minutes. Centre-back Marcos Antonio netted his second goal this year in the 33rd minute.

JDT look unstoppable in their pursuit for a third title after the Charity Shield and FA Cup, and it will be tough for other teams to deny them glory in the league.

The Johor-side lead the standing with 30 points.

As for Pahang, who are languishing at 11th, coach Razip Ismail need to reinforce his side with new signings in next month’s midseason transfer window to avoid the drop to the Malaysian Premier League (MPL).

Perak 0 Sarawak 3

David Usop worked his magic again by leading Sarawak to their second straight win in the league to lift the team clear of the bottom two.

The caretaker coach, who replaced K. Rajagobal recently, has now put in a strong case for the FA of Sarawak to offer him a permanent role.

Timor Leste international Junior Aparecido put Sarawak ahead from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute for his fifth goal of the season before Australian Ndumba Makeche added a second in the 66th minute.

Brazilian Gilmar Jose da Silva Filho netted his fourth of the season in the 70th minute against an injury-hit Perak.