PKNS' Mohd Aminudin (right) fights for the ball with Armed Forces captain Rezal Zambery during their Super League match at the Selayang Stadium on Friday. - GLENN GUAN/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: It’s never easy playing three matches in seven days.
But that’s exactly what PKNS FC and Armed Forces have done since Jan 18, when they played their opening Super League matches.
On Tuesday, the two teams featured in the FA Cup first round matches.
And when they met in a Super League clash at the Selayang Stadium on Friday, both teams played as if they were a spent force.
In the end, it took Liberian hotshot Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh’s solitary strike to hand PKNS a slim 1-0 win.
The win was a welcome boost for PKNS after their opening 2-1 league defeat to Terengganu last week.
Wleh, who had a quiet first-half, showed good composure to latch on to a through ball from Shahrul Azhar Ture before tucking it into goal past the onrushing Armed Forces goalkeeper Mohd Syed Adney Syed Hussein in the 72nd minute.
In Tuesday’s FA Cup, PKNS toiled to edge Johor Darul Ta’zim II 3-2 in Lumut while the soldiers went down to Sime Darby FC 2-1 at home.
Last night, both teams paraded their respective Golden Boot winners – Armed Forces were led by Marlon James and Juan Arostegui while Karlo Primorac and Wleh spearheaded the attack for PKNS. Despite such lethal partnerships, the first-half ended goalless.
However, the half-time pep talks by both coaches resulted in the teams playing with more urgency.
Marlon came close to opening accounts when his first-timer from close range was saved by PKNS goalkeeper Mohd Remezey Che Ros a minute after the break.
Then, it was PKNS who turned on the heat when Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Noor hit the crossbar from the top of the box in the 54th minute before Wleh struck the winner in the 72nd minute.
Marlon could have salvaged a point in stoppage time but his free-kick came off the woodwork.