BY ERIC SAMUEL and K. RAJAN
PETALING JAYA: Selangor surged to the top of the Super League standings with an emphatic 2-0 win over treble winners Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
The Red Giants’ foreign signings – striker Francis Doe of Liberia and defender Ramez Dayoub of Lebanon – turned on the magic in front of their home fans by scoring in the 13th and 26th minutes respectively.
This is the first time that Selangor, with 13 points, are ahead in the standings. Things, however, could change when Pahang (12 points) and Armed Forces (10pts), who both have a game in hand get into action today.
Kelantan are clearly struggling. They have only one win in six matches and trail in eighth spot with only six points.
Last night, the team had no sting upfront. The departures of top goal poachers Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud to Johor Darul Takzim and Felda United respectively have really hit them hard.
Selangor, who have gone without a trophy for the last two seasons, are beginning to show their mettle.
Doe, last year’s Golden Boot winner with Terengganu, is hitting form and has forged a good partnership with Ramzul Zahini Adenan.
And it was Ramzul who paved the way for the opening goal when he provided Doe with a pin-point cross from the left in the 13th minute. Doe rose unchallenged to nod the ball into the top corner, beating the rooted Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
National goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi again had no answer when Ramez powered in a lethal header off a Mahalli Jasuli free-kick in the 26th minute.
A desperate Bojan made two changes at the start of the second-half, bringing on striker Keita Mandjou of Guinea and seasoned midfielder Mohd Badhri Radzi.
This gave the Red Warriors more bite upfront but Selangor held firm.
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