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LIONSXII RAN RIOT AGAINST SABAH WITH A 9-0 VICTORY


LionsXII captain Hariss Harun (in white) cooly side-footed the ball to the bottom corner for his second, and his team's third goal of the night in the 9-0 victory over Sabah in the Malaysian Super League. (Photo: SSC)


It was a night to remember for LionsXII and the 6,289 fans at the Jalan Besar Stadium as they thras
hed Sabah 9-0; the biggest score line victory in the Malaysia Super League this season.

The Lions opened the scoring in the 18
th minute after Agu Casmir knocked home the ball from close range, from a Baihakki Khaizan header.

The Lions doubled their lead four minutes later through a superb Hariss Harun volley inside the box.

Stand-in skipper Hariss got his second of the night on the 41
st minute, curling a low shot past Sabah’s goalkeeper Irwan Jamil, from just outside the six-yard box.

It was damage limitation for Sabah in the second half; making a substitution and playing higher up the pitch. Their defensive plan seemed to have worked for close to twenty minutes as they managed to contain the threat of the Lions.
 

 
 
Agu Casmir of LionsXII (in white) was a handful for the Sabah defense to cope with in the 9-0 home victory over Sabah. (Photo: SSC)


Sabah’s resolve however, was finally broken on the 63th minute when Agu Casmir’s cutback found Shahdan Sulaiman, who coolly lobbed the ball over a stranded Sabah keeper.

Shahdan got his second three minutes later with an easy tap-in after a lay-off from Juma’at Jantan.

Things went from bad to worse for Sabah as they conceded yet another goal on the 68
th minute, this time through an excellent finish from Irwan Shah. It was 7-0 five minutes later when Hariss’s shot deflected in off a defender for his deserving hat trick.

Substitute Sufian Anuar made it eight in the 84
th minute, before an own goal from Shahrul Azhar concluded the misery on what was a sorry night for Sabah. 


 
LionsXII captain Hariss Harun (middle) celebrates scoring his first of his three goals of the night in the Malaysian Super League match between LionsXII and Sabah, which LionsXII won 9-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. (Photo: SSC)


Speaking after the match, a dejected Sabah head coach Gosutim Ganai conceded that his team was well and truly beaten. "We tried our best, but we know Singapore (LionsXII) is a very good team. We cannot do anything, they were really really good. Congrats to LionsXII."

LionsXII head coach V. Sundramoorthy was in a joyous mood as he ran out of words to describe his team performance. “It was a great win… What more can I ask from the team when they can score nine goals?”

“Definitely I'm surprised with the 9-0 win. Whenever I saw Sabah play they are a good attacking team and gave a good fight for their opponents. Tonight we played much better and we had good finishing,” he added.

LionsXII remained top of the table with 47 points from 23 games, and next play Terengganu away from home on June 19.

For photos of the match, visit our Flickr page at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssc-sportsphotography/sets/72157630147230568/

For more information on LionsXII, visit
http://www.lionsxii.sg/