MSL Wrap: PDRM thrash Kelantan, Felda go top
Just when the match in Kota Bharu looked set to head into the break goalless, PDRM captain Muslim Ahmad launched a long ball forward that caught the Red Warriors backline sleeping, allowing Ashfaq to give his side the initiative.
Nine minutes after the match resumed, the Maldivian was involved again, getting brought down by Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat and awarded a penalty, which was coolly dispatched by Dramane Traore for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Ashfaq then added another goal before last week’s hero against JDT, Mohamadou Sumareh, completed the riot.
Kelantan’s defeat saw Felda United leapfrog them at the top after they beat out-of-form ATM 2-1 at the Selayang Stadium.
Edward Junior Wilson and Ahmad Syamim Yahya scored a header each in the first half while Norshahrul Idlan Talaha grabbed a consolation for the Gladiators, who are still searching for their first point of the season.
Joining Felda at the top of the Super League are Perak, who were held 2-2 at home by the LionsXII.
After LionsXII striker Khairul Amri opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute, the home side took the lead thanks to goals by Chad Souza and Namkung Woong in the 27th and 49th minute respectively.
The Bos Gaurus were looking favourites to win the encounter, but a botched clearance by Perak defender Thiago Junio in the 68th minute allowed second-half substitute Firdaus Kasman to volley home into the Perak goal.
The Brazilian did redeem himself towards the end of the match as he cleared an Amri effort off the line after Perak goalkeeper Zamir Selamat was caught in no man's land.
Two more matches finished in a draw last night, with Sarawak holding Pahang to a goalless affair at home, and Selangor and JDT playing out a 1-1 stalemate at the Shah Alam Stadium.
In the latter case, the Red Giants took an early lead when Andik Vermansyah drove a left-footed shot past JDT goalkeeper and former team-mate Farizal Marlias less than a minute into the match.
At the other side of the field, Norazlan Razali performed spectacularly to deny the Southern Tigers from scoring on a few occasions, but he was finally beaten in the 62nd minute when Luciano Figueroa hit home a rebound off the post, ensuring a share of spoils.
Lastly, at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Gustavo Lopez starred yet again for Terengganu as he assisted Paulo Rangel to notch a brace, sandwiching in between Nemanja Vidakovic’s effort for the Super League’s bottom club, Sime Darby.