Monday, January 30, 2017


Pahang Top On Goal Difference After T Team Rout

Malaysia Super League

Kedah v Sarawak 3-2 (Baddrol Bakhtiar, Sandro da Silva Mendoca, Syazwon Zainon; Mark Hartmann, Tommy Mawat) 25,000

Sounds like a proper thriller in the north west as Kedah finally edged out a tenacious Sarawak side in front of a large, passionate crowd. Baddrol gave the hosts the lead on seven minutes with his second goal in two games but they weren't able to hold on to it for long with Philippine international Hartmann scoring his first since signing for the club from Geylang International. Sarawak were 2-1 up on 26 minutes when Mawat scored.

Two goals in one second half minute did the job for Kedah with Mendoca scoring his first of the season and Syazwon, who scored a cracker for Malaysia against Cambodia at the recent AFF Suzuki Cup capping the comeback.

Pahang v T Team 5-0 (Sumareh Mohamdou, Jae Won Heo, Matheus Leandro 2, Chinedu Bright Ezendu) 13,402

Pahang are a different beast after an indifferent couple of seasons and the way they tore into T Team suggests they could be a contender for some silverware this season. The win puts them top of the MSL on goal difference , one of five teams on four points! For Arema and Bali United fans Kiko Insa was substituted on 71 minutes for the home side.

Penang v Perak 0-1 (Shahrul Saad) No attendance announced

Penang marked their move to Batu Kawan Stadium with a loss to Perak, the only goal coming on 78 minutes. Two losses in their opening two games without a goal scored leaves Penang bottom of the MSL after two rounds with zero points. To compound Penang's woes coach Ashley Westwood was sent off after the Perak coach Karl Heinz Weigang pushed the Penang physio. No, I don't get it either but apparently the ref admitted he made a mistake.

Westwood is hoping the return of Papua New Guinea international striker Nigel Dabinyaba will improve the Panthers potency in front of goal though there is no guarantee he will be back for this weekend.

Selangor v Melaka United 1-1 (Victor Stelian Astafei; Khairul Azrin) 5,777

Eric Williams celebrated his first game in charge of Melaka United with a point away to Selangor, his team taking the lead on 75 minutes only for Selangor to draw level six minutes later.

PKNS v Kelantan 1-3 (Gonzalo Manuel Soto; Mohamad Ghaddar 2, Bhadri Radzi) 6,080

Don't you love the start of the season? Many thought PKNS with their stellar strike force would be among the challengers and Kelantan would be a basket case but doesn't look like it after this game. Lebanese striker Ghaddar marked his return to Kelantan with two goals in three minutes and although Soto pulled one back for the home side in first half injury time Radzi restored the two gao margin early in the second half.

A remarkable result for the team from the North East who saw their home game last week called off due to a waterlogged pitch and were forced to relocate to Selangor for training ahead of this game. PKNS? Pointless and winless, they are at least above Penang for now.

Johor Darul Ta'zim v Felda United 3-1 (Fadhli Shas, Gonzalo Cabrera, Brian Ferreira; Norshahrul Idlan Talaha) 18,320

First win of the season for the champions after they were held 1-1 by Kedah last weekend in the Charity Shield. They were forced to come from behind against a Felda side who pushed them all the way in the last campaign.

Malaysia Premier League 

Terengganu v PDRM 1-0 (Shahrin Sapien) 5,000

Trofeo Bhayangkara

Held in Solo. Three games of 45 minutes each.

Bhayangkara v Persija 0-0
Persija v Arema 0-1
Arema v Bhayangkara 0-0

1 - Arema 2 1 1 0 1-0 3
2 - Bhayangkara 2  0 2 0 0-0 2
3 - Persija 2 0 1 1 0-1 0

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