2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 17
Norazlan Razali produced a strong performance worthy of a man-of-the-match award for Selangor, constantly thwarting everything that Sarawak threw at him. He singlehandedly ensured his team, who were without key defender Robert Cornthwaite due to a face injury, left Kuching with a point.
Despite not getting any younger, Helmi Remeli showed that he can still keep up with the energetic and youthful attacking players of the LionsXII. The Terengganu defender, perhaps surprising even himself, also managed to get on the scoresheet.
A. Varathan, who has been performing inconsistently since joining the Crocs last November, had one of his better games on Wednesday and worked well with Roony Harun and Hairol Mokhtar to stifle Selangor.
Sime Darby’s lack of bite in attack allowed Asraruddin Putra Omar to freely roam forward, which saw the left-back grab JDT’s second goal.
Pahang ran out 2-0 winners against ATM partly thanks to R. Gopinathan, who set up both of Dickson Nwakaeme’s goals.
Against the LionsXII, Terengganu’s Gustavo Lopez proved to be a handful with his set-pieces and playmaking ability. One of his dangerous free-kicks led to the Turtles' opener and he also set up Norshahrul Idlan Talaha’s first league goal for the club with a clever flick over the LionsXII defence.
Patrick Nyema Gerhardt was easily the most hardworking player in the Sarawak-Selangor encounter, contributing to both attack and defence. Prior to netting the important equaliser for Sarawak, he also prevented the Red Giants from doubling their lead by clearing the ball off the line.
Although he could not prevent the LionsXII’s 4-2 defeat to Terengganu, Hafiz Abu Sujad played well enough to grab a goal and an assist.
Issey Nakajima-Farran continued his fine scoring form since recovering from his injury as he netted twice in Terengganu’s 4-2 win over the LionsXII – his fourth and fifth goals in two games.
PDRM star Ali Ashfaq was at his best on Wednesday, constantly tearing the Perak defence apart with his blistering pace and killer passes.
Luciano Figueroa showcased his impressive aerial ability once again, netting the Southern Tigers’ first and last goals of the night from aerial balls – you should check out the latter, in particular. Like, really.