Kelantan lose again, while MSL leaders Kedah continue their winning ways

Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders Kedah came from a goal down to defeat Penang in the Northern derby, while Pahang are nipping at their heels and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are getting back on track following match day six.

Kedah allowed bottom-placed Penang to take the lead through Puskas winner Faiz Subri – his first league goal since scoring the best goal of 2016 last February – but the Red Eagles showed what they were made of to collect all three points and condemn the visitors to their sixth straight MSL defeat.

In the bottom half of the table, struggling Kelantan lost their third match in a row

Fitri Omar equalised just a minute after Faiz's 19th minute strike before Syafiq Ahmad and Kosovan international Liridon Krasniqi found the back of the net in the second half for a 3-1 victory, their third win on the bounce.

Kedah, the only side yet to lose a match in 2017, are top of the table on 14 points, with Pahang one point behind following their 3-1 triumph over Malacca at Hang Jebat Stadium.

Perak, who are level on 11 points with Selangor, dropped to fourth on goal difference after letting a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Felda United in Jengka.

JDT, winners of the last three MSL titles, recorded a 3-0 win over T-Team courtesy of a first-half hattrick by Gabi Guerra. The Southern Tigers moved up three places to fifth and have a game in hand.

Perak and Felda shared the spoils

In the bottom half of the table, struggling Kelantan lost their third match in a row as an efficient Selangor ran out 2-0 winners in Kota Bahru.

Even more worrying for Zahasmi Ismail's charges is all three defeats have come at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, where the Red Warriors had built a fortress a few seasons ago.

Times have changed and Kelantan, who have not won a home match since last August, look closer to being relegated than making their stadium a difficult place to visit again.

Results over the weekend pushed Kelantan to 10th in the standings, just one point out of the relegation zone, while Selangor stay within reach of the top two.

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