- By ERIC SAMUEL and K. RAJAN -
PETALING JAYA: Defending champions Kelantan surged to the top of the Super League after they edged bitter rivals Terengganu 2-1 at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru last night.
National striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha fired the Red Warriors ahead in the 37th minute before skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi added a second in the 52nd.
Substitute Abdul Manaf Mamat pulled one back for the Turtles in the 91st minute.
Kelantan lead the standings on 17 points as overnight leaders Perak crashed to a surprise 0-2 defeat to T-Team at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
The Seladang slipped to second on 15 points.
Norizan Bakar’s charges conceded two goals in the second-half with T-Team’s Bosnian import Bojan Patrick (56th minute) and Zairo Annuar Zailani (88th, penalty) on target.
In Kelana Jaya, PKNS FC grabbed their first win of the season by beating Selangor 2-0 at the MBPJ Stadium.
Former Selangor striker Rudie Ramli drew first blood for PKNS in the 35th minute before Helmi Remeli blasted home a second goal in the 61st.
It was a double blow for the Red Giants, who were unable to field Croatian striker Bosko Balaban as he has yet to receive his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Even the return of Lebanese central defender, Ramez Dayoub, from a one-match suspension failed to keep Selangor steady.
A defensive lapse allowed Rudie to sneak a goal past Selangor goalkeeper Norazlan Razali before Helmi nodded home from Fauzan Dzulkifli’s cross.
Selangor came close to an equaliser in the 43rd minute when Mohd Fitri Shazwan Raduwan’s glancing header hit the crossbar.
Selangor’s insipid display continued in the second half as they failed to stamp any authority on the match. The lack of an out-and-out striker is also another cause of the team’s downfall.
Singapore’s Lions XII skipper Shahril Ishak netted a brace in their 3-1 win over Negri Sembilan at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Shahril got his first from a spot kick in the 31st minute after Negri midfielder Shahurain Abu Samah handled the ball inside the box.
Shahdan Sulaiman fired the Lions’ second in the 50th minute before Shahril sealed the winner in the 59th minute.
Mohd Firdaus Azizul scored Negri’s consolation goal in the 90th minute.
The Singaporeans are now fourth with 11 points, ahead of Negri on goal difference.
In Kuching, Mohd Asri Chuchu struck a las-gasp winner in Sarawak’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Felda United at the Sarawak Stadium.
The Crocodiles fell behind after Felda’s Mohd Asri found the net in the 38th minute.
Croatian striker Vedran Muratovic made it level for the homesters in the 50th minute before the 18-year-old Asri hit the winner from close range in the last minute.
Johor FC defeated Kuala Lumpur 2-0 at the Hang Jebat Stadium with Haris Safwan (7th minute) and substitute Jasazrin Jamaluddin (86th) scoring the goals.
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