KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 – Sarawak United head coach E. Elavarasan is not taking away any credit from Terengganu II for the scoreless in Sunday’s Premier League match played at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka before the league takes a one-week break for the national team’s centralised training.
The Golden Hornbills, however, kept another clean slate and Elavarasan is pleased with that as the jostling for top places in the league is developing into a keen battle.
Negri Sembilan is on top with 13 points from five matches – four wins and a draw with a goal tally of 10 goals for and four against.
Sarawak United has 10 points and a game in hand from three wins and a draw and goal tally of 7-0. Selangor 2 is in the third spot with figures of 4-3-0-1 and a goal tally of 9-4 for nine points.
”Terengganu 2 played a very constructive game. At the same time, our defense did a good job to keep a clean sheet. This gives the team the confidence,” said Elavarasan, who has arranged a friendly match for the team during the break.
During the break, Elavarasan will be without international Norshahrul Idlan Talaha who reports for the national team’s centralised training under Tan Cheng Hoe in Johor Bahru today.
Elavarasan admitted that there are ”several loopholes to be plugged” for the team to face the challenges in the league.
 “Anyone fielded in the starting eleven needs to adapt to the match strategies if not it can upset the team’s rhythm. This shortcoming needs to be ironed out.”
Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan scored two late goals for a 2-0 win over FAM/MSN Project Squad at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Paroi. R. Barathkumar opened the scoring on 73 minutes before Cameroon striker Alain Akono added the second in the 86th minute.

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