Selangor hit three past MK Land after early setback


BY S. SIVABALAN

 

PETALING JAYA: Former FA Cup champions Selangor had to come from behind before taming MK Land 3-1 in the first-leg of their FA Cup second round match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium last night. 

MK Land took the early lead after Selangor’s D. Surendren pulled down striker MK Land’s Slovakian striker Miroslav Toth in the penalty box in the 37th minute. Mohd Fairuz Mohd Noor stepped up to score from the spot. 

Selangor, however, hit back quickly with Bambang Pamungkas scoring five minutes later. 

It was all Selangor in the second half with Surendren making amends in the 51st minute and Mohd Amri Yahyah sealing the issue three minutes from the end. 

Selangor coach Dollah Salleh left out Lebanese defender Farah Badui and gave Argentine striker Brian Fuentes a rare start alongside regular strikers Khalid Jamlus and Bambang last night. 

The three-man strikeforce could only muster two attempts early in the match – with Khalid and Bambang ballooning their attempts. 

For MK Land, Marlon Alex James was a letdown. The St Vincent striker looked totally lost last night. 

Mohd Noor Derus could have put his side ahead in the 23rd minute when he shrugged past Surendren and Selangor goalkeeper Jamsari Sabian but he failed to control his shot. 

MK Land, however, went one-up in the 37th minute when Mohd Fairuz converted a penalty. 

Two minutes from half-time, Selangor equalised. Surendren sent a quick free-kick to Bambang who first-timed the ball past the MK Land defence and goalkeeper A. Ganeson by surprise. 

Selangor came back stronger after the break and Surendren put them ahead six minutes after the restart. He picked up a rebound in the MK Land penalty area and slammed the ball past Ganeson. 

Marlon then wasted two sitters in the 62nd and 79th minutes and MK Land paid the price for it when Selangor sealed the match with a header from an acute angle by Mohd Amri, who replaced Khalid midway through the second half. 

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