2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 2
'Selamat' by name, 'selamat' by nature - Perak goalkeeper Zamir Selamat lived up to his name as he kept out everything ATM threw at him and recorded his second consecutive clean sheet of the season.
Following PDRM's shambolic performance at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Kughebe Onoriode was brought in to the starting XI to add some steel at the back against JDT. The Nigerian defender did precisely that as he combined well with his fellow defenders to thwart every attack by the defending champions. He even had the ball in the back of the net with a long-range strike in the 57th minute, but it was ruled out after it was adjudged to hit his team-mate in an offside position.
Kelantan managed to tame the LionsXII side that easily put five goals past the Cops just a week ago, and it was in no small part to Jonathan McKain, who put in a solid shift yet again. The Australian defender also showed his prowess from set-piece situations when he scored a glancing header off a Fitri Omar corner to give his side the lead.
On any other night Terengganu probably would have walked away from the Sarawak Stadium with three points in the bag, but Ronny Harun ensured that the points stayed instead. The experienced defender cleared almost every ball that came his way and marshalled his backline well to reel the Turtles back up to the shore.
In a match that was almost all Pahang, Selangor could count on Andik Vermansyah to provide the spark for them. Being involved with almost every attacking move throughout the match, it was no surprise that the Indonesian winger ended up scoring. After escaping from Shahrizan Salleh, he danced around Pahang's penalty area before firing a shot past last year's MVP, Khairul Azhan Khalid, to cancel out Matias Conti's opener and earn Selangor a point.
Despite being on a losing side, we reckon that Gustavo Lopez can be proud of his performance against Sarawak. The Terengganu midfielder controlled the ball well and constantly created promising chances for his team-mates, which they failed to fully capitalise on.
Once again, Shukor Adan proved that age is just a number. The 35-year-old used his strength and experience well to prevent Sime Darby from launching any meaningful attacks and even managed to score a solo goal to cap off a great night for him and Felda United.
After narrowly missing out on last week's TotW, Isaac Pupo made it impossible for us to omit him this time around as he pulled the strings and made the Red Warriors tick against Fandi Ahmad's boys.
Billy Mehmet is beginning to make a name for himself as an early goal-grabber after scoring yet another goal within the first 15 minutes, having done the same against Felda United last week. His goal in the third minute set things in motion for Sarawak, who secured a resounding 3-1 win over Terengganu.
If Mehmet is all about scoring early goals, Ndumba Makeche is leaving his opponents eating his dust. For the second week running (no pun intended), defenders were unable to deal with the pace of the former Perth Glory striker as he scored Felda United's second of the night after outstripping Sime Darby's entire backline.