10-man Rangers rescue a point

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
PJ Rangers022Draw
Terengganu City FC022Draw

SUNDAY, May 14: PJ Rangers snatched a point after going 10-man down in their match against Terengganu City FC at the MBPJ Stadium today.

Starting with three new signings, Akmal Ishak upfront, Arip Amiruddin in midfield and Raphi Azizan in defence, the Rangers were the dominant side in the first half.

However, despite proving to be a thorn in the visiting defence for most of the first half, a moment of madness turned Akmal’s debut into a nightmare.

A minute before the break, Akmal was elbowed during a tussle with Munawwar Ali and retaliated. The assistant referee signalled and after a brief discussion, Akmal was shown the red while Munawwar was cautioned with a yellow.

Rangers coach Mat Zan switched things around for the second half to compensate for the player deficit and had his players up a gear.

The constant pressure paid off in the 53rd minute when Faizwan Abdullah’s curling shot beat the diving Syamsuri Mustafa.

Mat Zan’s boys continued to dominate the game but the visitors equalised 15 minutes later off a break when Zailan Mohamad weaved past the defenders and slotted home.

The Rangers were still reeling from the goal when Terengganu City took the lead 5 minutes later.

Saiful Nizam Abdullah latched on to a long ball, beat a defender and curled the ball into the net.

Credit to the Rangers however for not giving up. They dug deep into their reserves and piled on the pressure.

Defender R.Barathkumar who had just come on as a substitute weaved his way into the box and beat Syamsuri with a low drive to salvage the point.

Barath came close to scoring the winner in the dying minutes while another new signing Abdul Azim Rahim aka Balotelli also spurned a great opportunity late on.

The draw sees PJ Rangers slip to second spot, after Sime Darby’s 5-1 away win to Kuching FA took them to the top by one point.

The Rangers have a game in hand and will look to getting back on the winning track against PBMS FC next weekend.

 

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