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LIONSXII bag another three points to continue winning run

LIONSXII bag another three points to continue winning run

SINGAPORE, 6 March 2012: LIONSXII convincingly defeated KL Felda United FC 3-1 in the Malaysian Super League match that was played infront of 7,007 ardent fans at Jalan Besar Stadium this evening.

Coming back after a two-week long break, The LIONSXII showed no signs of slowing down to get right back into the groove with Hariss Harun getting his team the lead with a knee-poked goal from a Shahdan Sulaiman corner in the sixth minute.

The one-goal lead however lasted for a quick 14 minutes as KL Felda United’s Raimi Nor pulled his side back into the match with a stunning freekick just outside the LIONSXII’s penalty box.

Both teams were made to accept a 1-1 scoreline when the referee signalled the end of the first half.

Looking to bag the win, coach V.Sundramoorthy brought on Agu Casmir to replace the towering defender Baihakki Khaizan and the decision proved right in the 51st minute.

Agu played a huge part leading up to the second goal for the LIONSXII which was scored by Sufian Anuar with a clever deflection to send KL Felda’s custodian the wrong way.

With each passing minute, the Lions grew hungrier and stronger to pull further away from their opponents and the opportunity presented itself through a penalty in the 67th minute when Isa Halim was brought down in the left corner of the penalty box.

Captain Shahril Ishak rose up confidently and slotted the ball home to get his side’s third and his sixth goal of the season.

He had the chance to further increase his goal tally through another penalty with only four minutes remaining on the clock but he missed both the penalty and the rebound.

Fans erupted in unison when the man-in-charge of the match blew the final whistle with the scoreboard reading LIONSXII 3-1 KL Felda United FC.

With the win tonight, LIONSXII go clear to occupy the second spot on the Malaysian Super League table for the first time.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, LIONSXII coach Sundram said “Felda is a team that passes the ball well and has good attackers. And we need to be cautious when we start and then move on to be more adventurous later in the game. With many regulars out, the players that we used tonight responded well too and each of them performed to their best.

When asked about securing the 2nd spot tonight, he mentioned “It is still very early to say anything. We have to see how we progress as the season goes along because at any time now, you can lose two games and be back where you started.”

KL Felda’s coach Elavarasan Elan Gown said “We were struggling in the first half with our centreback and waited to see how the situation was in the second half. But the LIONSXII had the extra punch upfront with the introduction of Agu Casmir and I think that was the difference there.”

The LIONSXII will next face Negeri Sembilan Betaria FC this Saturday for the FA Cup Round 2 match. Tickets for the match will go on sale on Friday, 9 March 2012, 10am to 8pm at Jalan Besar Stadium, North Gate.

Final Score: LIONSXII 3-1

Goal Scorers: LIONSXII – Hariss Harun 6′, Sufian Anuar 51′, Shahril Ishak 67′

KL Felda United FC – Raimi Nor 20′

Starting Line-up for LIONSXII: Hyrulnizam Juma’at, Isa Halim, Baihakki Khaizan (Agu Casmir 45′ (Khairul Nizam 60′), Madhu Mohana (Firdaus Kasman 77′), Shahdan Sulaiman, Hariss Harun, Shahril Ishak (C), Irwan Shah, Sevki Sha’ban, Shakir Hamzah, Sufian Anuar

Starting Line-up for KL Felda United FC: Hamsani Ahmad (C), Farid Ramli, Ahmad Fakri, Nazri Ahmad, Azrul Ahmad, Khairan Ezuan, Raimi Nor (Farderin Kadir 76′), Cire Dia (Nizad Ayub 70′), S.Sivanesan (Lot Hassan 63′), Nizam Bakar, Makadji Boukar