Sunday, March 24

Sarawak stay on top with 3-1 win


FIRST BLOOD: File photo of new Sarawak signing Muamer Salibasic in action against Sime Darby FC last week. He scored his first Premier League goal of the season yesterday against PDRM.

KUCHING: Sarawak remain unbeaten and on top of the Premier League after beating PDRM 3-1 at Stadium Hang Jebat, Melaka yesterday.

Sarawak head coach Robert Alberts made minor changes in the starting line-up as players like Joseph Kalang Tie did not travel with the team, and Muamer Salibasic started on the bench due to a hamstring injury.

Zamri Morshidi was deployed to the right flank and midfielder Azizan Baba returned after previously starting on the bench against Sime Darby FC last Friday.

Both teams were tied 0-0 in the first half as neither could break the deadlock.

But in the 48th minute Azizan showed why he deserved to start when he gave the Crocs the lead.

Sarawak’s joy, however, was short-lived as PDRM equalised only a few minutes later through a penalty.

Both team then fought tooth and nail for the next 25 minutes in search for the winning goal.

Sarawak found it in the 78th minute through Bobby Gonzales.

Muamer, who was introduced in the 64th minute, added another goal in the 80th minute. It was also his first goal of the season.

It was 3-1 at the final whistle and Sarawak went home with the full points.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, second place Sime Darby FC also recorded a 2-0 win against NS Betaria FC.

Sarawak thus defended their pole position in the league with 43 points while Sime Darby FC remain second with 42 points.

Johor drew 1-1 with Pos Malaysia FC yesterday, to claim third spot on the league table but have a mountain to climb as they are currently nine points behind Sime Darby FC.