Felda outplay Selangor to stay close to title favourites JDT

A double by Francis Forkey Doe helped Felda United dismiss a dull Selangor side to stay two points behind defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) title race.

Felda refused to give up in their efforts to deny JDT a third straight MSL crown, disposing of third-placed Selangor 2-1 at Shah Alam Stadium.

Yes, it is a sweet win for us. We dominated the match too

- Irfan Bakti Abu Salim

JDT continued to keep the Fighters at bay, however, after they defeated Kelantan 1-0 at Larkin Stadium to stay top. The loss means Selangor are 13 points behind the top of the table in third.

"It's always a boost to get full points against the team right below you. Selangor were the only team with a shot at challenging us and JDT," said Felda coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim.

"So yes, it is a sweet win for us. We dominated the match too. Our plan to tie-up their attacking threats paid off ... Patrick Wleh, Mauro Olivi, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and Nazmi Faiz Mansor could not move much."

Though lacking their usually intensity throughout the match, the Fighters still took barely three minutes to open up the Selangor defence and go one up after Liberian international Zah Rahan Krangar played his compatriot Doe through on goal.

Felda players celebrate a potentially crucial win

Doe did not disappoint the small yet loud section of Felda fans in attendance as Selangor defenders surrounded the linesman, claiming the MSL’s top scorer was offside.

The goal stood and Felda looked like adding more as Selangor were reduced to little more than half-chances at the other end.

It was a close game but we are not doing enough. We should be creating more chances

- Zainal Abidin Hassan

The Red Giants, however, got a lucky break after Farizal Harun allowed a routine catch to slip through his legs, leaving Wleh with an unguarded goal for the equaliser in the 59th minute.

Doe doubled his tally on the night, however, after latching on to a scramble in the box eight minutes later to secure the critical three points.

"It was a close game but we are not doing enough. Some chances were created but we couldn't convert, we should be creating more chances to begin with," said Selangor coach Zainal Abidin Hassan.

"I miss (injured duo) R. Gopinathan and Andik Vermansyah. Without them, there wasn't any pace in our game. We were compact in the middle but that was about it.

“The first half was quite balanced actually, but we didn't have the punch in the second half."

MSL RESULTS

Selangor 2 Felda United 1

Pahang 1 Perak 2

Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 Kelantan 0

T-Team 1 Sarawak 2

Penang 3 Kedah 2

Photos: Felda United