Liberian striker Francis Forkey Doe made waves in the local derby clash when he scored both the goals to inspire Terengganu to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over 10-man T-Team in an intense encounter at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
Skipper Zairo Anuar Zailani put T-Team ahead from the penalty spot after former Golden Boot winner Zachariah Simukonda was brought down in the box in the 12th minute.
But it took Terengganu just seven minutes to find the equaliser through Forkey Doe’s penalty after T-Team’s Shahril Faizal was red-carded for a foul on Mohd Ashaari Shamsudin.
Forkey Doe made sure the Turtles got all three points when he latched onto a fine through ball by Mond Ashaari to score the winning goal in the 56th minute.
The match continued to be closely fought but Terengganu managed to keep T-Team at bay until the final whistle.
The win enabled Terengganu to move up to second spot on nine points. Kelantan, who defeated Kedah 3-0 at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Friday, top the standings with 10 points.
In another match yesterday, Shahrom Abdul Kalam was the hero in Perak’s 1-0 win over Johor FC at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.
The home team had only themselves to blame for the missed chances and for allowing Perak to snatch all three points after Shahrom netted the winner in the 77th minute.
In Paroi, Shahurain Abu Samah scored the only goal in Negri Sembilan’s 1-0 win over Felda United at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.
Selangor’s miserable start to the season continued when they were held to a 0-0 draw by unfancied Sarawak at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The Red Giants just couldn’t find a way to break through the Sarawak defence despite controlling the game.
Singapore Lions XXII edged Sabah 1-0 in a match which saw both teams reduced to 10 men at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu.
Hariss Harun nodded home in the 20th minute to hand the visitors their second win in four matches while it was the second loss for the Rhinos.
The lanky Hariss rose unchallenged to head past the out-of-position Sabah goalkeeper Mohd Azizon Kadir, the ball taking a slight deflection off Sabah defender Mafry Balang’s shoulder.
The Sabah backline were guilty of ball-watching when Harris rose to meet the cross from a Shahril Ishak corner.
The goal sparked the Sabah engine room to double their efforts as the Rhinos went on the offensive for the equaliser.
However, both their strikers from Australia, Brendan Gan and Micheal Baird, failed to find a way past the Lions’ defence.
The game turned ugly in the 34th minute when Irwan Shah of Lions XII and Sabah’s Mafry were shown the red card for an off-the-ball incident. Sabah pressed hard for the equaliser and Bobby Gonzales had the best chance – but his header was saved by Lions XII goalkeeper Mohd Izwan Mahbud in the 63rd minute.