Football: Perak the new leader

S-T-R-E-T-C-H: Perak goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Nourdin stretches to save the ball during their Super League match against Pahang at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh yesterday. Perak won 2-0. – STARpic by SAIFUL BAHRI

IPOH: Perak stormed to the top of the Super League standings after a hard-earned 2-0 win over Pahang at the Perak Stadium here last night. 

Two goals within a six-minute spell in the second half gave Perak the three points they needed to leapfrog previous leaders Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) into first place in the league. 

MPPJ slipped to second position on goal difference after their narrow loss to Perlis in Kangar last night, thanks to a Kalande Kabamba goal in the 88th minute. 

Perak gave their new FA president Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi a perfect welcoming present with a rousing second half performance against a wilting Pahang side. 

Midfielder Danial Fadzly opened the scoring for the home team in the 68th minute and national striker R. Surendren made it 2-0 in the 74th minute. 

Pahang, who slipped to second last in the eight-team league following the loss, did not have much to offer in attack except for a freekick by Indra Putra Mahyuddin which came off the crossbar just before halftime. 

Perak too, were unlucky to open accounts in the first half when Keita Mandjou saw his chip over Pahang goalkeeper Mohd Remezy Che Ros in the 33rd minutes also denied by the bar. 

The home team picked up the pace in the second half and deservedly go on to take the three points.  

Perak: Dominic Minsi (V.Thirumurugan), Wong Sai Kong, Mohd Khairi Zainuddin, Sharulnizam Mustafa, Emmanuel Zulu, Keita Mandjou, Traore Abdoulaye, Danial Adzly, R.Surendren, Harizul Zuan Abd Rani, Md. Nasril Nourdin. 

Pahang: Norhafiz Zamani Nisbah, Subri Sulong (Azizul Kamaludin), Iyowuna Edward, Shahril Faizal (Josiah Seton), Bernard S.Tchoutang, Sahrulnizam Sahat, Mohd FAdli Saari, Rosdi Talib (Irwan Fadli Idrus), Hairuddin Omar, Md Remezy Che Ros, Indra Putra Mahyuddin.  

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