SHAH ALAM: Treble winners Selangor were made to slog against a gritty Kuala Lumpur side and had to come from behind to carve out a 4-1 win in their Super League match at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
The Red Giants produced a sloppy first-half performance before finally turning on the heat after the breather.
The City boys opened scoring through Yong Kuong Yong in the seventh minute before Selangor hit back through Mohd Safee Sali (35th minute), skipper Mohd Amri Yahyah (59th) and supersub R. Surendran (78th and 88th).
Selangor, who won the Charity Shield after edging Negri Sembilan (2-1) on Saturday, failed to raise their game in front of the 3,000-odd fans.
They struggled for most of the match with their disjointed performance against the inexperienced KL side, who had pulled off a 1-1 draw against T-Team in their opening game.
KL, with barely any star players in their ranks unlike Selangor, did well to give the Red Giants a scare.
Had it not been for their inexperience, the City boys could have humbled the more established Selangor side filled with current and past internationals.
The visitors took a stunning lead when Kuong Yong outjumped the ball-watching Selangor defenders to head in Azwan Malex’s free kick past Mohd Hamsani Ahmad in the seventh minute.
Selangor, however, did come close with at least four sitters.
First, Liew Kit Kong ballooned the ball with only KL custodian Mohd Remezey Che Ros to beat in the first minute.
Then, Mohd Remezey made two brilliant saves from Farderin Kadir and Mohd Amri in the 17th minute before Safiq Rahim’s attempt hit the woodwork.
But there was no denying Selangor in the 35th minute when Safee beat Mohd Remezey in an aerial challenge to nod the ball home in the 35th minute.
Selangor then dominated the proceedings but were guilty of poor finishing.
The second half saw Selangor stepping up a gear and it was no surprise when Amri beat his marker to chip the ball past the onrushing Mohd Remezey in the 59th minute.
Then in came Surendran for his cameo appearance.
The substitute, who also scored the winner against Negri after coming off the bench, wrapped up the match with two goals in the 78th and 88th minutes.