MSL Result | Negri 1 Terengganu 1
Zaquan found his rhythm whilst Thanaraj shines
It was a good show of spirit from Negri players as they end their Super league campaign in a respectable manner. Despite playing in front of a hand-full of Negri supporters, the players were determined not to make it easy for Terengganu in their third place bid.
K. Thanaraj who came on for Shahurain Samah in the second half once again proved Wan Jamak’s shrewd tactical acumen of the game. The bright young winger quickly settled into his position and supplied S. Kunalan for Negri’s much deserved equaliser.
Earlier in the second half, Terengganu winger Azlan Ismail was sent to the dug-out for a professional misconduct and Negri saw that and took advantage by switching Shukor Adan from centre-half to his more familiar position just behind Zaquan Razak.
As Negri began to pile on more pressure, Zaquan who suffered a dip in form earlier on this season, showed the real deal when he persistently threatened Terengganu defends led by captain, Marzuki Mohamed with slick turns and pin-point shooting.
Terengganu was hopeless in the middle of the park during the large part of the match with Negri captain, Rezal Yahya and Idris Karim once again marshalling off Negri attacks. Their tireless runs and decisive ball-winning tackles were vital as Negri searched for an equaliser.
Idris Karim, who took over the armband when Rezal was subbed, went a foot close to seal the winner in a scramble in front of Terengganu goal in the dying minute of the match. It would have been a consolation end to what has been a disappointing campaign for the hard-working midfielder had he scored that goal.
Former national coach, Ken Worden would have to be happy with his team fifth place finishing in the league as Kedah edged Penang 1-0 in Darul Aman Stadium and Johor FC leapfrogging them after defeating Kelantan 2-1 in Pasir Gudang.
His promising young winger Ashaari Samsudin will be doubly frustrated as his beautiful goal in the second half was not enough to win him the Golden Boots award as Nizarudin Yusof scored a brace in another match in Kangar.
Mr Wan Jamak Hassan in an exclusive post-match interview with n9futbol.com last night was happy with the determination showed but is still hoping that his young squad will learn from the magnitude of exposure this season. The video from the interview will follow shortly.
Well done lads, Hobin Jang Hobin!