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Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 6:01:00 PM
Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 6:02:58 PM
by k. rajan
Sime Darby striker Karlo Primorac (right) tries to get to the ball before Selangor defender Adam David Griffiths during their Malaysia Cup match on Aug 27, 2013. Primorac scored a brace to help Sime Darby win 3-0.
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby FC hitman Karlo Primorac has shown that he’s not a flat-track bully after firing a brace in his team’s 3-0 win over Selangor in a Malaysia Cup Group A match at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday.
Primorac was the Premier League top scorer with 24 goals but his goal-scoring ability against Super League sides was questioned in the Malaysia Cup.
The 29-year-old, who started his Malaysia Cup campaign with two assists in the 3-2 win over Armed Forces, found his scoring touch in the 2-1 loss to Johor last week before hitting a double against Super League runners-up Selangor.
The former Dynamo Zagreb player is now Sime Darby’s top scorer in the competition with three goals in three matches and has taken the club side to the top of Group A with six points – and with three more matches to play.
“When I was the top scorer in the Premier League, I read the newspapers questioning my goals, and that they came against teams like NS Betaria. (On Tuesday), I proved that I can score against anyone,” said Primorac.
“It was not easy playing Selangor ... they are one of the best teams in the Super League but we played better and deserved the win. We showed that we deserved to play in the Super League with these two wins. We now have a better chance of making it to the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.”
Meanwhile, Selangor coach Irfan Bakti, said that the defeat was a low point in his coaching career.
He added that Primorac was the only threat to his team and that defender Adam Griffith should have done better in marking the Croatian.
“The defeat is one of the most embarrassing moments of my coaching career but I’m confident that we’ll move into the next round with three more matches remaining,” said Irfan.
“We conceded three easy goals ... they had three chances and converted all. We will resume training on Thursday and prepare for the return match against Sime Darby in Shah Alam on Saturday.”
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