PB Melayu Kedah 0-4 LionsXII
(Afiq Yunos 37’, Sahil Suihaimi 48’, 85’, Gabriel Quak 63’)
28 FEBRUARY 2015: LionsXII grabbed their first away win of the season as they saw off PB Melayu Kedah by four goals to nil on Saturday evening.
A first-half goal from Afiq Yunos set the Singapore team on their way, before substitute Sahil Suhaimi’s brace and a goal from Gabriel Quak sealed the victory.
Head coach Fandi Ahmad was forced into making two changes, with regular goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud and left-back Hafiz Sujad ruled out due to injuries. In their place were Khairulhin Khalid and Wahyudi Wahid, both of whom made their first starts of the season.
Facing opponents from the third tier of Malaysia football, LionsXII went straight for the kill and could have gone ahead within seconds of kick-off, but Quak was unable to convert his shot.
The 2013 Malaysia Super League champions dominated proceedings, but found it hard to break down the stubborn Kedah defence.
That was until Afiq rose highest to meet Faris Ramli’s great delivery from a corner, duly heading the ball into the top corner to break the deadlock.
Minutes later, Faris crossed to Khairul Amri, but the striker smashed his header onto the crossbar instead.
Fandi then brought on Sahil in place of Izzdin Shafiq and it turned out to be an astute substitution.
Sahil made an immediate impact, scoring just three minutes after coming on. Latching onto a long ball from within the LionsXII half, he dinked the ball over the onrushing Sherif Saini to double the lead.
Gabriel Quak then made it three after Firdaus Kasman played a delightful through ball for him to round the keeper and slot into an empty goal.
Five minutes from time, Sahil completed the scoring. He met fellow substitute Syafiq Zainal’s teasing cross with a diving header and sent the ball past substitute goalkeeper Firdaus Che Ani into the bottom corner.
Sahil then could have completed his hat-trick on a couple of occasions, but it was not meant to be.
The LionsXII will face KL Spa Putrajaya FC in the next round of the Malaysia FA Cup. Their next game is the Malaysia Super League game against Felda United at the Majlis Perbandaran Stadium.
PB Melayu Kedah starting line-up: Sheril Anuar Saini (GK) (Firdaus Che Ani 74’), Farizal Rozali, Ridzuan Rumlee, Syamim Alif Sobri, Nizam Mansor, Wan Ahmad Syukri, Halim Rahim, Hisyam Shofi, Hossen Ghani (Arfan Rashid 78’), Luqman Saad, Shukri Fadzil (C)
LionsXII starting line-up: Khairulhin Khalid (GK), Nazrul Nazari, Madhu Mohana, Afiq Yunos, Wahyudi Wahid, Izzdin Shafiq (Sahil Suhaimi 46’), Isa Halim (C), Firdaus Kasman (Samuel Benjamin 85’) Gabriel Quak, Faris Ramli, Khairul Amri (Syafiq Zainal 79’)