Football: Kedah treat fans to a five-star performance

ALOR STAR: It was a treat for more than 30,000 Kedah fans from the state government to watch their team play in a Super League match against Perak at the Darulaman Stadium here last night. 

And the team turned on the power to give their fans a goal feast, thumping Perak 5-1.  

The victory pulled Kedah five points clear at the top of the standings. 

An own goal by Perak defender S. Subramaniam set the momentum for the Kedah goal rush.  

National player Mohd Khyril Muhymeen chalked up a brace and Marlon James (39th) and rookie Mohd Fadly Baharom got one each.  

Perak scored a consolation goal through Razali Umar Kandasamy. 

The Canaries surged to a great start while it was agony for Perak in the 13th minute.  

A surging run by Khyril took him past the entire Perak defence and a back-pedalling Subramanian turned a pull back from the touchline into his own net. 

Khyril got his name on the scoresheet seven minutes later following some fine work by Marlon James. The Super League's top scorer ran past a static Perak defence and unselfishly squared the ball for Khyril to blast past a hapless Hamsani Ahmad. 

The Seladangs' misery continued as Khyril notched his brace in the 28th minute, nodding home a pinpoint cross from Shafizan Hashim. 

James continued his rich vein of scoring form, coolly finishing off a solo run in the 39th minute by sliding the ball past an onrushing Hamsani for his 20th league goal. 

Perak only came alive early in the second half with substitute Jorge Antonio and K. Nanthakumar starting to break Kedah's stranglehold in midfield.  

And Perak were rewarded with a goal in the 72nd minute when Razali beat his marker, Fazliata Taib, before slotting the ball past Mohd Helmi. 

But Mohd Fadly Baharom brought more cheers to the home fans in the 78th minute when he beat Hamsani with an effort from 20 metres out.  

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