MSL Wrap: JDT score four while Turtles go top
Week five of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) saw a new leader in the league, while the bad form continued for Sime Darby FC and T-Team as they propped up the bottom of the table.
The battle of the east-coast saw Terengganu beat their neighbours Pahang 2-0. The Turtles, who had the advantage of having a longer rest compared to the Elephants, did enough to get three points. The home team dominated the game with Karlovic's goal in the first half and a second half goal scored by captain Ismail Faruqi, giving Terengganu another win and 10 points after five games which put them at the top of the league.
The Red Giants, Selangor, failed to maintain their position at the top after Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) went goal crazy at Larkin and scored four times. Baihakki Khaizan scored in the 11th minute and fellow Singaporean Harris Harun doubled the lead before half time to give the Southern Tigers a comfortable lead. JDT continued netting in the second half with their top scorer Luciano Figueroa adding the third goal in the 52ndminute, followed by Fadhli Shas getting his first of the season in the 58th minute. Selangor did pull one back after Paulo Rangel converted a penalty but that was nothing more than a consolation for the Red Giants.
ATM blew their chance to go top as they lost at home to defending champions LionsXII 1-2. A goal from national defender Amiridzwan Taj in the early minutes of the game gave the Gladiators the lead, but Khairul Amri equalised in the second half and Afiq Yunos proved to be the hero as he scored in injury time to give the Lions a vital three points away from home. The win means LionsXII now have eight points and leaves them fifth in the table.
Unbeaten in their last four games, Sarawak continued their fine form after recording another win, this time against Perak. Milorad Janjus opened the scoring in the 9th minute for the home team. However, they had to finish the game with 10 men after Junior Edstal received a red card in the second half. With this winning form, Sarawak now sit third in the league, level on points with Kelantan and Selangor.
Kelantan also recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over another east coast team, T-Team. Mohamed Shawky gave the Red Warriors the lead and captain marvel Badhri Radzi scored another goal right before the half-time whistle. In the second half Mohamed Ghaddar sealed off the victory for the Red Warriors and continued Kelantan's winning momentum from the FA Cup last Tuesday.
In a game which kicked-off a day earlier, PKNS FC and Sime Darby played out a goalless draw on Friday.
After five rounds of MSL matches, Terengganu showed why they are one of the contenders for the title this season after they comfortably defeated Malaysia Cup champions Pahang at home. JDT's big 4-1 win victory over Selangor also put them firmly back into the title race.