A week of high scoring matches. That’s how I’d review this week’s MSL matches. Of all six matches played, only one match ended in a 1-1 draw. Every other match ended with at least 3 goals scored. All in all, a total of 27 goals were scored – an average of about 4.5 goals per match. A really good outing for the fans, I’d say.
Brunei hosted Pahang in the only match which ended in a draw for the week. Pahang drew first blood with a goal in the 22nd minute. Brunei’s import, Tiago dos Santos, saved a point for the host with his equalizer, 7 minutes later.
N.Sembilan kept pace with the table leaders with their 2-1 win over Penang. Two first half goals by S.Kunalan and Lamin Conteh was enough to continue Penang’s low performing season, thus far. The Islander’s consolation goal came late in the second half.
Johor FC moves up the table into 6th spot. They secured the spot with their 3-1 win at home against bottom placed Sarawak. Sarawak continued their lacklustre performance in the MSL with this loss. It’s their 7th loss of the season.
MyTeam produced a surprise win over Perlis at home. The Northern Lions was ahead with goals from Rudie Ramli and Philimon Chepita at the half. The tides turned in the second half, with MyTeam hitting four unanswered goals back to finally get their first MSL win of the season. The win also moved them up two spots over Penang and Sarawak.
Perak went down 2-5 to Kedah in Ipoh. It was a closely matched game in the first half. Kedah came back to level things up twice to end the game at 2-2 at the half. The turning point of the match came about when Khalid Jamlus was given the marching order for a two footed lunge in the 51st minute. Kedah took full advantage of the situation to score three more goals to silence the home crowd and reaffirm their position at the top of the MSL table.
Selangor also went out on a shooting spree against PDRM. A hattrick by Safee Ali and a goal by Akmal Rizal secured full three points for Selangor at home. PDRM gave the home crowd a scare with their early strike. PDRM import, Hillary Echesa scoring PDRM’s solitary goal in the 7th minute. However, to the delight of the home fans, Safee Ali leveled things up 7 minutes later for Selangor.
The pairing of Seator and Safee up front seemed to be working perfectly for Selangor as both players worked together perfectly as Selangor roll over PDRM with Safee scoring all his three goals before half time. The fourth goal came late in the second half through Akmal Rizal. Selangor was also playing with 10 men by then.
The week’s results puts three team at the top of the MSL table, at 16 points each. Terengganu, following close behind did not play this weekend. They will host Selangor next.
Will there be another change in the MSL table next week? Will Selangor be able to maintain it’s current position in the table? Go Selangor!!!
Can someone out there please kick some butts at the FAM side. Get them to at least update the results and fixtures of the MSL matches over at their website. If they don’t intend to update it, then get it off the web.. simple..