MSL Talking Points: Match officials, defiant Selangor and angry Penang fans

Kedah defeated Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to deny them an eighth trophy in a match where the match officials stole the limelight while Selangor and Penang had contrasting fortunes in Selayang. FourFourTwo listed five talking points from the Malaysia Super League (MSL) opening weekend. 

Kedah win Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup

The Red Eagles denied JDT a third-straight Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup in the shootout on Friday, but the Southern Tigers — still very much in transition after several major changes in pre-season — maintained their unbeaten league run dating back to the 2012 MSL season as the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

The curtain-raiser in front of a packed stadium at Larkin also served as the team’s opening MSL match.

Defending Malaysia Cup champions Kedah went behind in the first half following a Safiq Rahim penalty, but S. Kunanlan’s sending off before half-time ensured the tie swung in the visitors’ favour.

Stand-in skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar, deputising for Khairul Helmi Johari, caught JDT custodian Farizal Marlias off guard with a 68th-minute equaliser. Abdul Hadi Hamid saved Brian Ferreira’s kick to ensure Kedah won the shootout 5-4.

JDT’s new imports Ferreira, Gonzalo Cabrera and Jeronimo Barrales were a shadow of what former imports Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Juan Martin Lucero gave last season, but new coach Benjamin Mora felt it was still early days and expects the trio to shine soon.

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Kedah won the first trophy of the season

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