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IRWAN SHAH’S LATE GOAL SENDS LIONSXII 6 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP


Irwan Shah celebrating his 88th minute goal that sent LionsXII 6 points clear at the top. (Photo: SSC)


Two penalty decisions either side of the half provided the only goals as the match looked set to end in a stalemate, until an 88th minute strike by Irwan Shah sealed all three points for LionsXII.

The 2-1 victory over Perak means that the Lions are now unbeaten in 10 games in the Malaysian Super League and extended their lead over defending champions Kelantan to 6 points, having played three more games.

The Lions came out attacking from the get-go but were unable to break the deadlock, with the woodwork denying them twice.

 
 The crossbar denied Safuwan Baharudin (in white) from scoring the opening goal. (Photo: FAS)


The Lions however, kept on asking questions about Perak’s defense and got a break in the 41
st minute when Syazwan Roslan brought down Khairul Nizam in the box. Up stepped Shahdan Sulaiman whom duly converted the spot-kick.

The celebration was short-lived as within minutes of the restart in the second half, Perak won themselves a penalty kick when Sevki Sha’ban pulled the shirt of Akmal Rizal.

Lions’ custodian Hyrulnizam Juma’at saved the resultant penalty kick but Michal Kubala slotted in the rebound for the equalizer in the 50
th minute, much to the dismay of the home fans.

 
 
The acute angle could not prevent Irwan Shah (in white) from scoring the winning goal. (Photo: SSC)

Spurred on by the 6,408 strong crowds, the Lions went on the offensive looking for the winning goal. Their hard work paid off in the 88th minute when Irwan scored from an acute angle after a knockdown by Safuwan, sending the home supporters wild.

LionsXII coach V.Sundramoorthy was visibly happy after the match as he praised his team’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude and their team spirit; “There is a sense of unity in the team and the players believe in themselves and in one another too."