2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 3
Selangor goalkeeper Norazlan Razali was perhaps unlucky not to keep a clean sheet against JDT after brilliantly preventing his former team from scoring all the way until the 62nd minute. Named as one of the local players with the most to prove this season, the 1-1 draw could very well be the beginning of his renaissance.
Calm and composed on the ball, Muslim Ahmad produced a fine display against Kelantan as PDRM recorded a clean sheet in Kota Bharu. On top of that, his long ball in first-half injury time caught the Kelantan defense sleeping and allowed Ali Ashfaq to open the floodgates.
Sarawak's goal-scoring start to the season was finally ended against Pahang, and it was partly thanks to Damion Stewart, who made his physical presence felt throughout the match.
Aside from his back-pass for his Felda United goalkeeper that indirectly led to Norshahrul Idlan Talaha’s goal, Shukor Adan had a good game against ATM as the veteran defender marshalled his backline well and was often the quickest to react when the Gladiators threatened to score.
It took Andik Vermansyah less than a minute to make his mark in the game against JDT as he scored the fastest goal in the Super League so far this season. And despite being one of the smallest guys on the pitch, he worked his socks off and was not afraid to challenge the bigger players for the ball.
Gustavo Lopez is surely a leading contender to be the best signing of the season as he continued his outstanding form for Terengganu for the third league game in a row. Against Sime Darby, he set up both of Paulo Rangel's goals and was always dangerous with the ball.
Goal-scoring chances were few and far between in Sarawak's goalless draw against Pahang, but Ivan Fatic perhaps got the best opportunities to score. Besides that, the former Inter Milan youth player constantly put himself right into the thick of the action.
Indra Putra Mahayuddin was largely ineffective in the second-half, but he more than made up for it with his performance in the first 45 minutes with his clever runs and dangerous set-pieces. He did not manage to get on the scoresheet, but he did contribute to Felda's opening goal when Edward Junior Wilson finished off the rebound after his attempt was pushed by the ATM goalkeeper.
Perak forward Namkung Woong was a thorn in LionsXII's side until his substitution in the second-half, as he was dominant in aerial duels, winning the majority of headers he contested for. His prowess in the air saw him create a goal and score another.
Central to PDRM's 4-0 demolition of Kelantan was Ali Ashfaq, who netted a brace and won a penalty.
Despite operating alone up front, LionsXII striker Khairul Amri proved to be more than handful for the Perak defenders to deal with due to his pace and constant movements on the pitch. He scored the first goal of the night and had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line.