Oct 16, 2022 - FAS
Selangor FC ended this season's Super League with a 1-1 tie in the last match against Penang FC at the Bandaraya Stadium, last night.
Playing in heavy rain and a wet field surface, both teams try to push each other's defenses. Unlucky for Selangor when defender Sharul Nazeem was shown a red card after the referee found the ball hit the 23-year-old's hand in the penalty area in the 28th minute.
Penang's import, Rafael Vitor, calmly slotted in the penalty kick to beat Sam Somerville who was also his former teammate last season.
Stunned by the goal, Tan Cheng Hoe's men immediately pressed the opponent's defense and six minutes later, a good linked up play between Hein Htet Aung and Mukhairi Ajmal managed to break through The Panthers' defense to make room for Norhakim Hassan to equalize and make it 1-1.
Despite playing with 10 mens, the Red Giants continued to be fierce by dominating the match in the second half by launching several attacks towards the Penang goal, but the heavy rain and the rough field clearly made it difficult for both teams to launch better attacks.
The score remained 1-1 until the final whistle where both teams had to settle for a point. This result saw Selangor finish the 2022 Super League campaign in 5th place after collecting 30 points over nearest challengers KL City FC (29 points), Pahang (28 points) and Kedah (27 points).
Here are some interesting facts from last night's game:
- Unbeaten record for Tan Cheng Hoe after four matches
Last night's draw saw Tan Cheng Hoe's men manage to collect 10 points out of the maximum 12 points after successfully collecting three wins and one draw.
- A disciplined defensive display
Despite playing with 10 players on a rough pitch and away from home, the Red Giants displayed a disciplined defensive style. Credit to Sam Somerville who was awarded 'Man of the Match' after successfully denying several attempts by opponent’s. Based on the last four matches, Selangor only conceded one goal which was only through a penalty kick.
- Mukhairi Ajmal is a star in the making
Playing full-time last night, Mukhairi became the second youngest player (20 years, 11 months and 8 days) in the club's history to make 50 appearances with the senior squad after Selangor football legend Zainal Abidin Hassan in 1982. More interestingly, Mukhairi was also given a captain of the Team for last night's game due to the absence of Brendan Gan with an injury.
The Super League is over, the next mission is TM Piala Malaysia 2022 where Selangor will meet Kelantan United on October 25/26.