The LIONSXII theme song

LionsXII claim point off league leader Felda

LionsXII claim point off league leader Felda

Felda United 0-0 LionsXII

8 MARCH 2015: The LionsXII battled to a 0-0 draw against Malaysia Super League leaders Felda United yesterday night at the MPL Stadium as they earned yet another crucial point away from home.

Injury kept Afiq Yunos out of the starting line-up, as Zulfahmi Arifin took his place in an unfamiliar centre-back role. Izwan Mahbud and Hafiz Sujad also made their returns to the starting line-up after shaking off injuries.

Despite featuring a strong line-up with Makeche Ndumba and Edward Wilson starting upfront, Felda were generally unable to trouble the LionsXII defence which was well-marshalled by Madhu Mohana.

Felda started the game with a number of diagonal balls as they tried to attack the makeshift defence, but it was something that LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad had anticipated before the game and the Singapore team were well-prepared for it.

Instead, it was Fandi’s charges who threatened more, with Khairul Amri almost scoring after just six minutes. A free-kick sent into the box was met by Amri’s head, but it was too weak to trouble Felda custodian Farizal Harun.

Amri continued to be the team’s dangerman, and twice he had goal-scoring opportunities from set-pieces, but it was just not his day.

Felda then had back-to-back chances in the 41st minute, but Zulfahmi made a vital block on Zah Rahan Krangar’s shot, while Wilson headed over from a corner.

Just before half-time, Madhu put the ball into the back of Felda’s net with a header, but it was ruled out for offside. While the LionsXII players were still celebrating, Felda countered, but Zulfahmi showed great strength to stop Ndumba inside the box.

After the restart, Amri once again found himself on the end of Faris’ delivery from a corner, but he could not direct the ball towards goal.

Midway through the second half, Amri came close breaking the deadlock, but he smashed a free-kick against the crossbar.

A few minutes later, an Indra Putra Mahayuddin pass found Makeche, who ran past Zulfahmi before shooting, but Izwan made a fantastic save with his feet, showcasing his agility and quick reactions.

Captain Isa Halim then had a rare chance to score after Amri turned provider this time round, but his shot went agonisingly wide.

Sahil Suhaimi, who came on to score a brace in the last game, and Syafiq Zainal, were then introduced into the game for the tired Faris and Amri, but try as they might, the LionsXII could not find a breakthrough and the game ended in a stalemate.

 

Felda United line-up: Farizal Harun (GK), Shahrulnizam Mustapa, Bojan Miladinovic, Shukor Adan (C), Ahmad Syamim Yahyah, Aizulridzwan Razali,  Nasnizaidi Jamian, Zeh Rahan Krangar, Indra Putra Mahayuddin (Hadin Azman 74’), Ndumba Makeche, Edward Junior Wilson (Ferris Danial 60’)

 

LionsXII line-up: Izwan Mahbud (GK), Nazrul Nazari, Madhu Mohana, Zulfahmi Arifin, Hafiz Sujad; Izzdin Shahfiq, Isa Halim (C), Gabriel Quak, Firdaus Kasman, Faris Ramli (Sahil Suhaimi 75’); Khairul Amri (Syafiq Zainal 87’)