The Malaysian League resumed last weekend as Super League leader Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) extended their fine run with a win over Melaka United, while Premier League topper Negeri Sembilan FC and Kuching City FC had to settle for a draw.
After a two-week international break, the sixth matchday welcomed returning fans to stadiums after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, the Malaysian Football League (MFL), with approval from the Malaysian Government has granted JDT’s Sultan Ibrahim Stadium and Kuala Lumpur City FC’s Cheras Stadium to pilot post-pandemic fans’ attendance for post-pandemic crowd compliance, with exceptional outcomes.
In the Super League, JDT tightened their grip on the top with 14 points by a 3-0 victory over Melaka United. The goals were scored by Adam Nor Azlin and a double by Bergson da Silva, in front of the regulated 2,000 home fans.
Coming in second place with only one point less, Kedah Darul Aman FC defeated rivals Sri Pahang 3-1 in Alor Setar. The loss further drew the Elephants within the relegation zone with only four points from six matches, while Kedah FC were roaring for more wins with stable performance thus far.
With a scoreless draw against PJ City FC, the East Coast outfit Terengganu FC now occupies the third place, while PJ City amassed nine points to go up occupying the fifth position.
In an exciting match pitting neighbouring states in George Town, home side Penang FC pulled a historic win against Perak FC after 19 years with a 2-1 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur City FC (KLC) drew 0-0 against Sabah FC in a match that started later than the rest due to technical issues.
With the draw, KLC sits at midtable with eight points, while Sabah at eighth with five points.
Meanwhile, in Shah Alam, varsity side UiTM FC succumbed to another defeat, this time to giants Selangor FC with goals from Oliver Buff and Ifedayo Olusegun.
With only a point, UiTM FC has yet to record a win, now sits at the bottom of the league and have conceded ten goals. On the other hand, the win got Selangor eight points to occupy the seventh league spot.
Turning over to the Premier League in Seremban, The Cats held home side Negeri Sembilan FC to a 0-0 draw. The result strengthened Negeri Sembilan’s top spot with 14 points, while Kuching City still struggled at the ninth with five points.
Second-placed Sarawak United is closing their gap to league leaders with an away 0-1 win over Kelantan United. Sarawak now has 13 points and have not lost thus far while Kelantan United sits at seventh with seven points.
Other matches in the Premier League saw junior squad Projek MSN-FAM were thrashed 5-0 by JDT II. In Kuala Terengganu, TFC II drew 1-1 with PDRM FC while Perak II narrowly won 4-3 over Selangor II.
THE BRUNEIAN | KUALA LUMPUR