PETALING JAYA, Aug 23 – It was a cruise for Premier League title contenders Sarawak United in their 4-0 win over FAM-MSN Project squad at the UiTM FC Stadium in Shah Alam on Sunday night – a win which is a giant step towards their bid for promotion to the Super League.
The three points sent the Golden Hornbills back to the top of the 11-team league and relegated Negeri Sembilan to second place. Both teams have completed 16 matches.
This puts the two rivals in a keen tussle for the promotion battle. Sarawak United will face Police FC this Friday (Aug 27) while Negeri Sembilan has a daunting task against unpredictable Kelantan FC in an afternoon match at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.
Sarawak United head coach E. Elavarasan hailed his team’s win – riding on the momentum on their 4-1 win over Perak FC 2.
”The players never stopped trying and never stopped moving forward,” said Elavarasan who is into his second season with the East Malaysian outfit.
“This gave us the two second half goals after taking a 2-0 lead before the break. Teamwork is another aspect we have worked on and this bore fruit in our recent matches.”
Brazilian Sandro Mendonca opened the floodgates in the 22nd minute before Australian Taylor Regan added the second with a header on 43rd minutes.
Former international Rizki Gopinathan came off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 85th minute.
Shamie Nur Iszuan completed the scoring in the last minute of regulation for a rousing 4-0 win.
Meanwhile, three red cards marred the Perak FC 2 – Police match at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh but the lawmen were still good enough for a comfortable 3-0 win.
Deep into injury Aizat Safuan Razali of Perak FC 2 and Nabil Ahmad Latpi were sent off for rough play.
A brace by their Japanese import Bruno Suzuki in the 13th and 29th minutes paved the way for the Police win. In between Nabil scored for Police on 22nd minutes before he was sent off.

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