Another week of soccer matches in the MSL. This week’s MSL, perhaps now known as TM Super League, review features 6 more matches this week.
- Sarawak vs Kedah
- Brunei DPMM vs Selangor
- Johor FC vs Perlis
- Perak vs PDRM
- N.Sembilan vs Pahang
- UPB MyTeam vs Terengganu
No drastic changes in the table position as the top two teams continue their winning ways in the league.
Kedah continued their fine form as they secured their 3 points away in Sarawak. They secured their points in the first half . Their star import striker, Marlon James, slotted home in the 16th and 20th minute of the half. Sarawak’s Khaled Hamket reduced Kedah’s lead to 1 when he scored his goal in the 77th minute. Kedah held on till the end to bring home 3 more valuable away points with a 1-2 win over Sarawak in Kuching.
Over in Bandar Seri Begawan, Selangor continued to follow Kedah’s winning ways. They too secured a precious 3 points away from home against Brunei. Indra Putra opened the accounts for the visiting team with a splendid goal off a free kick in the 2nd minute of the half. Brunei however came back from the 2nd minute shocker with an equalizer from Mohd Subhi Abdillah about 10 minutes later.
Disaster stroke a couple of minutes after the equalizer. Brunei had to play with 10 men as V.Jaganathan was sent off for dangerous play. Selangor, sensing the advantage, went into attack mode. The 10 men Brunei finally cracked in the 70th minute. Coming off the substitute bench, Razman Roslan got to be Selangor’s hero of the night when he reacted to slot in the ball home after Brunei’s keeper failed to cleanly collect Indra Putra’s free kick attempt.
A well deserved away 3 points for Selangor. The win allows them to keep pace with the current table leader, Kedah. Kedah, however, still have a game in hand.
After failing to register a win in their last two matches, Perak routed the Police with a 5-1 win at home in Ipoh. Police found the net first with a strike by their latest import – Budi Sudarsono, in the 31st minute. The goal seemed to have awakened Perak from their slumber. Ahmad Shahrul equalized within 2 minutes of Budi’s strike, and the flood gates fell open. Perak’s Caceres netted his first in the 38th to make it 2-1 for Perak at the half.
Khalid Jamlus got his brace in the second half as Perak continued to devour Police. Khalid’s goals came in the 64th and 87th minute. Caceres then added his second for the night with about a minute left in play.
Down south, Johor FC managed to defend their 1st minute leading goal to record a somewhat surprising win over Perlis. Their winning goal came from Gustavo Fuentes who spinned his magic from kick off to go past three defenders and curling home the winner.
In other matches, Pahang secured a 3-2 win over N.Sembilan Naza in Seremban. Terengganu, came back from a goal down to secure their 3 points over UPB MyTeam with a sound 1-3 win. Thanks to two vary late strikes by their foreign import, Gleisson de Souze.
This week’s result did not result in any drastic change in the table positions. Kedah still lead the table with 34 points. Selangor following very close with 32 points. Perak sits on the third spot with 28 points.
Kedah has a chance to spread their lead further this coming Tuesday when they meet Johor FC at home. Selangor will be not be playing any games this Tuesday. Thus, should Kedah win, they will have a 5 point lead at the top of the table. Selangor should be able to maintain their current position as they have a 4 point lead over Perak.
Selangor’s next match will be against Terengganu at home. It’s scheduled on March 1st. That’s all I have for this week’s MSL Review. Go Selangor!!!
Oh yes, I previously vented my frustration at FAM in this post. Looks like they’ve finally made some progress with their web site. At least now we get to see that the site is actually updated regularly. I am still a tad unsatisfied, though. It’s sad to see the amount of coverage each MSL match have in the media.
I’d think that as the governing body of the sport, FAM would certainly have more coverage of the matches played. Surely they have at least a couple of people covering each match for them. Can’t these same people provide some form of news coverage of the match? Some thing more than the scoreline and when the goals were scored. Look, there’s only 6 matches in one match day. Can’t FAM find 6 people willing to cover these matches and provide them with a match coverage writeup?
Something needs to be done about the lack of coverage of MSL matches in the media right now. One other thing – Is MSL (the company) still alive? Well, their web site is kind of dead. What’s their role right now in the scheme of things concerning the league? Anybody?