PETALING JAYA, May 3 – It was a bizarre twist of fate as Selangor FC walked away with full points in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Petaling Jaya City FC at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on Sunday.
After equalising through Ifedayo Olusegun in the 89th minute, which wiped out PJ City’s 25th-minute lead through V. Ruventhran, the Nigerian, through a big dose of luck, netted the winner three minutes into injury time.
Ifedayo himself was stunned when his attempt in the dying minute, hit the back of PJ City defender K. Prabhakaran and looped into the net as PJ City goalkeeper Kalamullah Al-Hafiz was caught on the wrong foot.
On a wet and soggy pitch, it was PJ City who should have walked away with at least a draw, but it was not to be for P. Maniam’s team that paraded an all-local side as they have no foreign signings.
Despite the win, Selangor with their much-talked-about German football DNA under coach Karsten Netzel remains in fifth place in the 12-team Super League with 18 points at the end of their campaign in the first round while PJ City is a rung below on 14 points.
At the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah snuffed out Perak 2-1 to move up to the eighth place with 13 points.
Perak grabbed the lead after 27 minutes through a delightful left-footed freekick by Nazirul Naim from outside the penalty box but Sabah fought back and drew level with Amri Yahyah on target with a tricky volley.
The visitors gave away a freekick on 79 minutes and Sabah’s second-half substitute Levy Madinda from Gabon made it count from the opportunity.
Madinda drilled home an unstoppable grounder past the Perak wall and goalkeeper Hafizul Nizam Jothy, with the ball hitting the net just inside the left post for the winner. Sabah
now has 13 points and moved up to eighth place in the league.