Perak and Terengganu play to a goalless draw on wet pitch

JOHOR BARU: A twice taken penalty in the 74th minute paid put to Terengganu’s hopes of taking full points off Perak and the debut match in the Super League for the Turtles ended in a goalless draw on a water-logged pitch at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu on Wednesday. 

Brazilian Helton Soares had the ball in the Perak net but the referee disallowed it for an infringement. His second attempt hit the post and with that went the Turtles’ hopes of chalking up a victory. 

Terengganu coach Yunus Alif also lamented new signing Cik Hishamuddin Hassan’s costly miss when he lost his footing on the pitch and ballooned the ball with a yawning goal in front of him. 

But taking into account the poor conditions to play the match, both Yunus and his Perak counterpart, Steve Darby, were satisfied with the spoils. 

For the Englishman, the monsoon season in Kuala Terengganu was a new experience. 

MONSOON FOOTBALL: Terengganu’s Md Marzuki Yusoh (left) pushes Perak’s Keita Mandjou(second from left) during their Super League match in Kuala Terengganu on Wednesday.

“We literally played monsoon football. The second half was bad as we had to play against the wind and the ball just refused to travel,” said Darby. 

“It didn’t give any team any advantage. It is only fair that we shared the spoils in such conditions.” 

Perak too had their misses with Keita Mandjou hitting the post in the first half. The visitors also had goalkeeper Hamsani Ahmad to thank for denying Terengganu on a number of occasions. 

In another development, Perak, who left Kuala Terengganu by bus at 8am were still on the road at 5pm yesterday after deciding to return home via Pahang. It turned out to be a bad decision as they ran into flood waters in Pahang. 

And the bus ferrying them broke down at Batang Kali when the clutch gave way. The Perak team had to wait for a new bus to ferry them. 

“We thought it would be much safer to return home via Pahang because of the monsoon season. But we ran into flood waters. It was a totally new experience for me,” said Darby, who is glad that Perak do not have a match to play tomorrow. 

“We played two matches in similar conditions. The players are tired and the rest will do them good,” he said. 

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