| PETALING JAYA (10 Jan 2010) – Selangor led a late charge to beat Negeri Sembilan 2-1 to lift the Malaysian League season opening Charity Shield last night at the Paroi Stadium.
In front of more than 25,000 spectators, homesters Negeri Sembilan grabbed the lead in the 29th minute off a header from Idris Karim when he made good on an earlier attempt from captain Rezal Zambery Yahya.
But Selangor, who picked up three titles last year, never gave up and in the second half; they duly came back with the equalizer from Safee Sali in the 72nd minute when he slammed home the cross from R. Surendran.
Four minutes later, it was Safee who turned provider with the cross for Surendran to slot home the winner from close range.
“We did not start well where I felt that our midfield was a little off balance in the first half,” said Selangor head coach K. Devan.
“But we recovered in the second half and we played well in the closing 20 minutes when we nailed the two goals.”
In the other matches of the Malaysian Super League last night, Perlis conceded a humiliating 1-0 home loss to Johor FC at the Stadium Utama with the only goal of the game coming off Mohd Riduwan Ma’on in the 61st minute.
Pahang beat Perak 2-1 at the Stadium Darulmakmur as former treble winners Kedah beat Johor 3-0 at the Stadium Larkin with a hat-trick from Mohd Azlan Ismail in the 71st, 80th and 86th minute.
At the MBPJ Stadium, KL PLUS beat Pulau Pinang 3-1, Kelantan drew with Terengganu 0-0 at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium and Kuala Lumpur held T-Team 1-1 at the KLFA Stadium.