2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 9
The LionsXII’s Izwan Mahbud is the first name on this week's team sheet following his stellar performance in goal as he thwarted numerous threats by Sarawak, particularly one from Shreen Thambi at the end of the second half, for a clean sheet and three points for the Lions.
Filling in the right side of defence is Kelantan’s Nik Shahrul Azim, whose mature performance against Selangor belied his age with an industrious and no-nonsense display in defence.
Damion Stewart was a solid rock in the centre of Pahang’s defence, with his commanding presence shining bright against the constant waves of attacks by Felda United.
Although he was on a losing side, Felda captain Shukor Adan could walk away with some sort of credibility after putting on a positive performance against Pahang.
In the left-back position, PDRM’s Fekry Tajudin was a silent but efficient defender for the Cops, limiting the effectiveness of Terengganu playmaker Gustavo Lopez.
Taking the flanks on the right is Perak’s Nurridzuan Abu Hassan, whose contribution in the game against JDT proved crucial as he was involved in both goals notched by the Bos Gaurus that led to their 2-1 win.
In the middle of the park, Nor Farhan Muhammad came off the bench for Kelantan to score the winning goal. He was also industrious in helping the Red Warriors’ defence see out the game to seal the three points in the bag.
Not only was Shahurain Abu Samah busy in both attack and defence throughout the match, but his early goal was also the catalyst for the Cops’ 3-1 win at Terengganu.
Completing the midfield is R. Gopinathan, who was menacing on the left side of the flanks and even troubled Felda's goalkeeper on a few occasions.
Despite not having a goal to his name, Erwin Carrillo was the creative force in Kelantan’s attack with his close control of the ball and one touches, which often left the Selangor defence in sixes and sevens.
Lastly, PDRM’s win in Kuala Terengganu would not have been possible without Ali Ashfaq, who tore the Terengganu defence apart to score a goal and created another.