Sabah go top of MPL as JDT II collapse at the death

Sabah moved top of the Malaysia Premier League on Friday evening after recording a 2-0 victory over Kuantan at the Likas Stadium.

Libya international Eamon Zayed opened the scoring for the hosts on the half-hour mark, before doubling his tally in the 62nd minute to wrap up the three points for his side.

The win, Sabah’s fourth in five matches, was enough to send them top of the table with a one-point lead over their closest challengers.

Penang remain in second place and are the only remaining team yet to taste defeat in 2015 after producing a spirited display to force a 3-3 draw against Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium.

Kedah got off to a blistering start after edging ahead through Bang Seung-hwan’s fifth-minute opener, before Baddrol Bakhtiar added a second ten minutes later.

However, Faiz Subri reduced the deficit for the Panthers in the 38th minute and they then pulled level two minutes into the second half when Hilton Moreira found the back of the net.

It looked as though the hosts had done enough for the win when Bang restored their lead in the 90th minute but, moments later, Moreira netted again to earn Penang a share of the spoils.

Over at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium, Johor Darul Ta’zim II went a second game without victory after throwing away a two-goal cushion in a 2-2 draw with PKNS FC.

Having broken the deadlock through Nicolas Delmonte’s 21st-minute penalty, it seemed like the three points were in the bag for JDT II when Shahril Ishak extended their lead in the 74th minute.

But Gabriel Guerra netted eight minutes later to give PKNS a glimmer of hope, before the comeback was completed two minutes from time when Farderin Kadir equalised to help his side claim a valuable point.

Meanwhile, NS Matrix fell to their first defeat of the campaign after being beaten 5-3 by in-form T-Team in a thriller at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.

After Nor Hakim Hassan had fired the visitors ahead in the sixth minute, they doubled their advantage when Sadriddin Abdullaev scored seven minutes before the half-hour mark.

Francis Forkey Doe pulled one back for Negeri Sembilan three minutes later, only for Farhod Tadjiyev to make it 3-1 a minute after the restart.

Forkey Doe was again on target in the 51st minute to keep his side firmly in the contest, yet T-Team were once more able to respond as Nor Hakim grabbed his second of the evening a minute after the hour mark.

It then shaped up for a grandstand finish when Shahrizal Saad struck five minutes later to once again reduce the deficit to a single goal, but – with 15 minutes remaining – NS Matrix’s resistance was finally ended when Abdullaev grabbed a fifth for T-Team to make sure of the win.

In Friday’s early game, DRB-Hicom continued their impressive start to the campaign as they cruised to a 4-0 win over SPA FC at the MBPJ Stadium.

Fakhrullah Rosli got DRB-Hicom on their way when he broke the deadlock three minutes before the break, before Ivan Babic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute.

Babic then notched his second of the evening from the penalty spot six minutes later, which was followed by a fourth goal from Hasrul Abu Bakar six minutes before the end to complete the rout.

Finally, UiTM FC recorded their second victory of the season after beating Kuala Lumpur 1-0 at the UiTM Stadium; Syed Ariff grabbing the winner in the 40th minute when he out-jumped opposition keeper Badrol Hanapi Ali and got enough of a touch on Raslam Khan’s freekick to divert it over the line.

Friday’s Malaysia Premier League Results

Kuala Lumpur 0-1 UiTM FC

SPA FC 0-4 DRB-Hicom

Sabah 2-0 Kuantan

Kedah 3-3 Penang

Johor Darul Ta’zim II 2-2 PKNS FC

NS Matrix 3-5 T-Team

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