Football: Canaries go clear at top

What a let-off!: Johor players are relieved to see a Penang attempt go just wide duringtheir Super League match at the City Stadium yesterday. The teams drew 0-0. – WANMOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN / The Star

PENANG: Kedah continued to stay on the perch in the Super League with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Negri Sembilan at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Star last night. 

With Selangor dropping points in the other top-of-the-table clash against Terengganu, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the Canaries pulled clear of the pack by two points. 

Kedah had to play without their top goal poacher Marlon James and skipper Victor Andrag, who were down with injuries. And midfielder Nelson Martin turned hero for them against the Deer. 

The Chilean blasted home the all-important penalty in the 69th minute after Negri Sembilan’s Nigerian striker Udo Fortune had drawn his team level in the 31st minute. National striker Saramsak Kram had given the Canaries the lead in the 21st minute. 

Kedah sorely missed the absence of St Vincent striker James, who was nursing a thigh injury. Saramsak was sent into the fray after spending much of his time on the sidelines and he struggled to put his act together, squandering numerous chances that came his way early in the game. 

Selangor let slip the chance to keep pace with Kedah when they allowed Terengganu to score an injury time equaliser through Brazilian Fabio Flo at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu. Selangor had taken the lead through Frank Seator in the sixth minute. 

Pahang scored a late solitary goal through Moroccan striker Redouane Barkaoui to take full points off UPB-MyTeam at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan. 

In the battle of the wounded at the Stadium Utama in Kangar, Perlis made two late strikes to bounce back on the winning track with a 2-0 victory over Perak. 

Both teams had lost their previous matches, with Perlis going down 2-4 to UPB-MyTeam and Perak crashing to a 2-5 defeat by Kedah last Saturday. 

With the match seemed headed for a goalless draw, Nizaruddin Yusof went on target in the 83rd minute before Zambian ace Phillimon Chepita delivered the second blow on Perak in the 88th minute. 

Police gained ground in the standings, beating Brunei DPMM 2-1 at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium while lowly Penang picked up a precious home point in a goalless draw against Johor FC at the City Stadium. 

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