In the first installment of his new column, Southeast Asian football expert John Duerden hails the key protagonists of the titanic Charity Cup clash before exploring Kelantan's embarrassing sponsor situation.
1. Hariss Harun crowns display with headed goal
Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) were obviously the more disappointed than Selangor to take just a point in the Charity Cup clash at a packed Larkin Stadium.
It was a typical start of season game and there was a lack of fluency about it, with passes and shots going astray more than they will when the games start to come thick and fast and teams start to find their rhythm.
There is too much talent in this team for them not to win games even at this early stage, however, and that quality showed up on this occasion in the form of Hariss Harun. The Singapore international not only headed the team into the lead in some style early in the game but was impressive in the middle alongside the equally assured Safiq Rafim.
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JDT surrendered the initiative a little in the second half to let Selangor back in the game. But while the Southern Tigers were a little wayward in the final third, the midfield is already functioning well as a unit.