Monday, January 23, 2017


Penang Fans Turn On Keeper After Opening Day Loss

Malaysia Super League

Johor Darul Ta'zim v Kedah 1-1 (Safiq Rahim; Baddrol Bakhtiar) 24,157

The season opener which doubles as a kind of Community Shield went to penalties before Kedah lifted the first trophy of the season against the champions. Is this the signal for a shift north in Malaysian football or is it just one of those things? Kedah next play a high profile friendly against Chinese side Hebei Fortune, coached by some guy named Manuel Pellegrini.

Felda United v PKNS 1-0 (Norshahrul Idlan Talaha) 2,277

Two teams who quietly fancy themselves this season, the experienced Norshahrul's goal 15 minutes from the end secured the points for Felda. PKNS have invested heavily expecially up front and they will be hoping for better things in the weeks to come.

Kelantan v Melaka United Postponed. Waterlogged pitch

Selangor v Penang 2-0 (Adam Nor Azlin, Forkey Doe) 3,076

Wow, a ray of sunshine for the Red Giants? After a pre season where there were questions about whether Selangor would be able to even compete in the top flight this season they down Penang. Shame the fans stayed away, continuing a trend we saw last season. Penang fans, who have recently complained about previous coach Jacksen F Tiago, complained about their foreign imports, complained about their team's new kit complained about their keeper Syed Adney after they deemed he was to blame for their loss. As the players headed to the team bus after the game they heckled him and one was seen giving ironic applause. First game of the season...

Perak v Pahang 1-1 (Tiago Junio; Ahmad Syamim Yahya) 19,720

Pahang have also invested in their squad this year after a spell campaign last time round and they will be pleased to come away with a point from the hostile atmosphere of Ipoh. Junio's goal 22 minutes from the end spared the home side's blushes.

T Team v Sarawak 1-1 (Nor Hakim Hassan; Mateo Roskam) 1,763

Despite being the highest ranked team from the state T Team continue to be starved of funds which makes coach Rahmad Darmawan's achievements last season so spectacular. With another young side to play with RD may well be disappointed at only earning a point against Sarawak in their season opener with Roskam scoring nine minutes from the end.

Malaysia Premier League

PDRM v MISC-MIFA 3-1 (Dao Bakary 2, Shahurain Abu Samah; Yoges Muniandy) 500

A football match or an accident in a Scrabble factory? Ex Persela, Persiram Steven Imbiri came on as a second half sub for the visitors but was unable to save his team as they went 3-0 in 48 minutes.

Negeri Sembilan v Sabah 3-0 (Bruno Suzuki 3) 2,606

Ex Home United, Albirex Niigata striker Bruno Suzuki, a Brazilian who became Japansese, endeared himself to the home support with a 24 minute hat trick on the opening day of the season!

Kuala Lumpur v JDT II 2-1 (Bobur Akbarov, Ibrahim Syaihul; Nicolas Fernandez) 691

A bad day all round as both JDT sides ended up winless on the first day of the new season.

Perlis v ATM 1-1 (Zafuwan Azeman; Rafizol Rosman)

The home side needed Azeman to save a point in the 89th minute.

Terengganu v PKNP Postponed. Waterlogged pitch
Kuantan v UiTm Postponed, Waterlogged pitch

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