MSL Wrap: PDRM go top with Terengganu win, JDT falter at Perak
Gameweek 9 kicked off on Friday with a feisty affair between Perak and JDT in Ipoh, which saw the home side come back from a goal down with two goals in quick succession to win 2-1.
Junior Eldstal marked his return from injury with the opener in the 25th minute, meeting Aidil Zafuan’s half volley attempt with his head near the post.
The score remained 1-0 to the Southern Tigers until four minutes into the second half, when Perak equalised after Nurridzuan Abu Hassan’s free kick was glanced into Izham Tarmizi’s goal at the near post by his own striker, Alhaji Kamara.
The Bos Gaurus then added another in the 55th minute when Nurridzuan’s cross was met by Horace James, who nodded it down for Chad Souza to finish off the move with a simple tap-in.
The game however made headlines, once again, for all the wrong reasons.
Meanwhile in Kota Bharu, Kelantan found their winning groove in the Super League once again after beating Selangor 2-1.
Gilmar da Silva met a beautifully taken corner by Badhri Radzi with a powerful header as early as the fifth minute, which Nazmi Faiz Mansor failed to clear on the line as his attempted header bounced off the bottom of the bar and into goal.
Nazmi made amends seven minutes later though with a long range effort from outside the box, smashing in the equaliser into the top corner of Khairul Fahmi Che Mat’s goal, after brilliant play down the flanks by Andik Vermansah.
It remained 1-1 until the 74th minute when Norfarhan’s run into the heart of Selangor’s defence was not tracked and he met a perfectly weighted pass by Austin Amutu to slot in past Syamim Othman.
Selangor’s slip up was received with grateful hands by PDRM as they hosted Terengganu at the Shah Alam Stadium and won 3-1.
Shahurain Abu Samah waltzed pass the Turtles’ defence in the eighth minute following a one-two play with Ali Ashfaq and smashed the ball home, leaving Sharbinee Allawee with no chance at all.
Terengganu’s defence was caught out again later as the Cops’ made it 2-0 following a set-piece that found Dramane Traore unmarked before Ashfaq made it 3-0, slipping by Helmi Remeli and whipping the ball past a hapless Sharbinee.
Terengganu did their best to find a way back into the game but were not successful until 91st minute when Issey Nakajima-Farran controlled the ball beautifully with his chest and prodded the ball into the back of the net; it was, however, too little too late.
The bottom two teams, ATM and Sime Darby, were unable to shake off their poor form in the Super League after only successfully playing out a 1-1 draw.
Jerry Nelson Palacios opened the scoring in the 30th minute for the Gladiators before Nemanja Vidakovic equalised in the first half injury time.
At the Jalan Besar Stadium, Sarawak’s poor away form continued having being beaten by the LionsXII 1-0.
Despite early attempts at goal and an effort by Ryan Griffiths being ruled offside, the Crocs were made to pay after failing to clear their line and Khairul Nizam was on hand to head the ball in the 69th minute.
In the other game of the week that ended 1-0, Pahang’s Dickson Nwakaeme continued his hot form in front of goal when a mistake by Felda United’s Zah Rahan Krangar saw the ball ending at Dickson’s feet.
His close control saw him beating four of the Fighters’ men before coolly slotting it into the bottom corner of Farizal Harun’s goal.