Perlis make up ground


BY ERIC SAMUEL

CLOSE CALL: Selangor goalkeeper Mohd Faizal Abdul Rashid goes sprawling to deny Perlis striker Lamin Conte Jr during their Premier I match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Tuesday. Helping Mohd Faizal is his defender J. Jayaprakash. Perlis won 4-1. - STARpic by A. Malex Yahaya

SHAH ALAM: Perlis came back from a goal down to humiliate Selangor 4-1 and inflict further misery on the Red Giants in a Premier I match at the Shah Alam Stadium last night. 

It was the defending Malaysia Cup champions’ third consecutive defeat at home after going down to Sarawak (1-2) and Kelantan (3-4). The defeat puts the Giants in danger of missing the cut for the playoff for the eight-team Super League next season. 

For Perlis, the win puts them in joint second spot with Kedah on 35 points. Perlis, however, are below Kedah on goal difference. 

Selangor opened accounts through Mohamed Fareed Shah Hassan after half an hour but Phillimon Chipeta scored a brace in the 40th and 65th minutes before Lamin Conte Jr and Rafiz Abu Bakar added a goal each in the 70th and 88th minutes for the Northern Lions to cruise home. 

The Red Giants began the match without the services of four national players – Mohd Nizaruddin Yusof (striker), Nizam Jamil (defender), Mohd Shukor Adan (midfielder) and Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz (goalkeeper) – who are in Prague with the national team on playing tour of the Czech Republic. 

Perlis had the first real look at goal last night but their Sierra Leone attacking midfielder Conte Jr muffed a sitter in the 20th minute. 

Ten minutes later Selangor drew first blood. Mohamed Fareed, put through by Nor Suhaimi Bahauddin, made no mistake to send the 300-odd home fans cheering wildly. 

The visitors, however, hit back when Zambian hitman Chipeta latched onto a loose ball in the 40th minute to slam home the equaliser. 

Chipeta was on the mark again in the 65th minute when he sneaked past marker S. Jayaprakash and let loose a stinging shot from the top of the box. Perlis 2-1 ahead. 

Then, it was Conte Jr’s turn to stamp his class with a brilliant solo goal in the 70th minute, weaving past three defenders before cooly slotting the ball into the net. 

Rafiz then added the finishing touch to a comprehensive win for the Northern Lions two minutes before full time.  

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