Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Lions XII crowned Super League champions after thrashing Felda

Terengganu’s Md Khairul Ramadhan (left) tries to dribble past Selangor PKNS goalkeeper Razi Effendi during their Super Leaque match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium Tuesday night. — ZABIDI TUSIN / The Star
Terengganu’s Md Khairul Ramadhan (left) tries to dribble past Selangor PKNS goalkeeper Razi Effendi during their Super Leaque match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium Tuesday night. — ZABIDI TUSIN / The Star

PETALING JAYA: Lions XII are the champions of the Super League after running riot over stragglers Felda United 4-0 in their penultimate fixture at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.
The Under-23 Singapore side, playing without any foreign pros compared to the other Malaysian teams, now have an unassailable lead in the 12-team standings with 43 points. The Singaporeans only returned to Malaysian football last year after a lapse of 18 years.

Coach V. Sundramoorthy’s team will wrap up their fixtures against last year’s winners Kelantan at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru on Saturday.

The Lions, who were runners-up last season, went for the jugular last night but could not convert the chances that came their way. Felda United, desperate for points in their bid to beat the drop, packed their defence and did well to hold the marauding homesters from scoring in the opening 45 minutes.
Then, the floodgates opened for Singapore when Felda United striker Azrul Ahmad inadvertently headed the ball into his own net from Shahril Ishak’s cross in the 46th minute.

The Lions scored another three goals through inspirational captain Shahril (58th), Fazrul Nawas (61st) and Shafiq Ghani (83rd) as they stayed unbeaten in their den. It was the Lions’ 10th win out out of 11 home matches. The other match ended in a draw.

There was a massive celebration for the homesters as Shahril received the Super League trophy from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Meanwhile, the battle for second spot hots up between Selangor and Johor Darul Takzim (JDT). Both will battle it out at the Larkin Stadium on Saturday to decide who will represent Malaysia at next year’s AFC Cup.

Both Selangor and JDT won their matches last night to bring their tally to 39 points each. Selangor defeated T-Team 4-1 to maintain their second spot at the Shah Alam Stadium while JDT defeated basement side Negri Sembilan 2-0 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi.

Kelantan have already earned their ticket to AFC Cup, having defeated JDT 1-0 in the FA Cup final last Saturday.



BY ERIC SAMUEL- THE STAR

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