Team of the Week - MSL Round 15
Selangor custodian Farizal Marlias got our vote with his great performance against Pahang. Our Tiger of the Month for May 2014 had a busy evening against the then-league leaders as he single-handedly kept the stomping Elephants at bay. His brilliant reaction save from Matias Conti's ferocious strike in the first half was easily the highlight of the game en route to his ninth clean sheet in 15 league games.
Also worth mentioning is Kelantan's Khairul Fahmi, who saved Karlo Primorac's tame penalty when the game was still 0-0.
T-Team's Hasbullah Awang had a solid game against crosstown rivals Terengganu as they were forced to create most of their goal-scoring chances from set-pieces. The centre-back also made an important goal-line clearance in the second half to prevent Terengganu from doubling their lead and keep his side in the game.
Although they ended up on the losing side, Pahang's Razman Roslan and Damion Stewart were at the top of their game against Selangor. Besides keeping the Super League's top-scorer, Paulo Rangel, quiet throughout the game, the duo especially Stewart provided a commanding presence and aerial threats from set-pieces.
The excellent defensive display by Razman and Stewart, however, was undone by a single moment of brilliance by Indonesian star Andik Vermansyah. Against the run of play, the diminutive playmaker played a quick one-two with Rangel to unlock Pahang's defence and score the only goal of the game, which inflicted a rare home defeat to their hosts.
Despite leading the game 2-0 after just 22 minutes, Sarawak were skinned by Sime Darby’s Dilshod Sharofetdino, who took full advantage of the injury to Gabor Gyepes and midfield anchor Ronny Harun’s shift to centre-back to blast two goals from outside the box and draw the game level. Syukur Saidin then ghosted past the entire the Crocs’ defence to slot beyond the onrushing Fazley Rahim and secure a memorable comeback victory.
Another gameweek, another dazzling performance by Terengganu playmaker Zairo Anuar Zalani. His set-piece prowess shone again when his free-kick, aided with a slight deflection off the wall, left the T-Team goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria has pace to burn and he demonstrated exactly that against PKNS. After timing his run perfectly to collect a through ball and escape the Red Ants’ high defensive line, the 23-year-old effortlessly skip past goalkeeper Remezey Che Ros and tap the ball into the empty net.
The renaissance of Perak continued with a 2-1 victory over ATM over the weekend thanks to a brace from Abdulafees Abdulsalam. The Nigerian striker pounced on a loose ball in the first half to give the Silver State the lead before scoring his second with an improvised bicycle kick.
Against Terengganu, the ball seemed to be like a magnet to Jimmy Mulisa as the new T-Team striker from Rwanda connected with every cross into the box. Terengganu had no answer to his aerial ability, so it was no surprise when he jumped the highest to head the equaliser from Leandro’s free-kick in the 77th minute.