Football

Published: Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 12:07:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 5, 2014 MYT 12:15:42 AM

Turtles are back on top

PKNS FC player Patrick Ronaldinho (second from right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal in their match against JDT on Friday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. - BERNAMA

PKNS FC player Patrick Ronaldinho (second from right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal in their match against JDT on Friday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. - BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu continued their fine away form, strolling to a 3-1 win over Sarawak at the State Stadium in Kuching to regain their lead at the top of the Super League standings.

The Turtles were hopeless in their away matches earlier in the season. But they beat Armed Forces 3-0 at the Selayang Stadium on March 25 for their first away win.

And last night, they displayed their new-found confidence by tearing the Crocs apart. Zairo Anuar Zalani paved the way for a Turtles’ win by scoring after 20 minutes. Sarawak, however, equalised through Mohd Rashid Aya in the 32nd minute.

Terengganu then regained the upper hand with two quick goals from Dabo Mousthapa (65th) and Mohd Nor Farhan Mohd in the 70th. With the win, Terengganu took over as leaders with 20 points while Pahang, who play T-Team tonight, are second, a point behind. Sarawak dropped a rung to eighth, still on 13 points.

In the other encounter of the night, star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) failed to take advantage of 10-man PKNS at the Shah Alam Stadium. The match ended 1-1, dealing JDT a big blow as they remain fourth on 16 points.

Cash-rich JDT had only themselves to blame for the drab draw. They were sluggish in the opening 45 minutes and only showed more urgency after the break.

Liberian striker Patrick Wleh scored in the 36th minute for PKNS after he sent a rebound past goalkeeper Mohd Izham Tarmizi.

JDT then threw in striker Safee Sali and attacking midfielder Safiq Rahim as replacements for Mohd Nurul Azwan Roya and Shakir Saari in the second half.

It proved to be a good move as they started to create more goal scoring chances. Safee came close to putting his name on the scoresheet immediately after coming in but his attempt from outside the box was saved by PKNS goalkeeper Mohd Zamir Selamat in the 47th minute.

JDT, however, had to wait until the 58th minute before getting the equaliser through winger Mahali Jasuli.

PKNS were later reduced to 10 men after veteran defender P. Gunalan picked up a second booking in the 86th minute for a foul on Safee.

Tags / Keywords: football, Malaysia, Super League, turtle, JDT, Johor, Terengganu, Perak, PKNS, Sarawak, Armed Forces

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