Sarawak have themselves to blame after the succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home in the game they failed to dominate.
The game started evenly with both teams being cautious of their approach on the field. Kedah was the one adapting faster as they punished Sarawak’s lack of urgency by pinning the Crocs at their own den with three fruitless corners and a free kick in the first ten minutes of the game.
Sarawak slowly adapted, and started to move into the Kedah half through quick counter attacks. However, awful passing and lack of concentration from the home team made it easy for the Canaries to break down each attack.
Except for Joel Epalle’s bicycle kick in front of the Kedah goal, the game was drab with Kedah enjoying more ball possession.
The second half started off with Kedah looking even more dangerous with the Crocs loosing control of their midfield. Kedah used Sarawak’s lack of composure to unleash the potential of their new signing Vedran Gerc as they fed Gerc with countless passes.
Barely 15 minutes into the second half, Gerc finally struck gold for the visiting team when he volleyed in a loose ball to beat Sarawakian custodian Sani Anuar.
Gerc doubled his tally when he was allowed too much room in the Sarawakian half, hence allowing him to dribble past his marker, before calmly pushing in Kedah’s second goal with the help of the right post.
Robert Alberts tried to reduce the deficit by putting in K Rajan and Khairul Azahar Eidros, but the move proved futile as Sarawak continued to pass poorly to the joy of Wan Jamak Hassan’s men.
The agony experienced by the Crocs was finally ended when Wan Tarmizi blew the final whistle, signalling the end of Sarawak’s worst ever performance in Kuching, and giving Kedah their sweet revenge.
Final whistle: Sarawak 0 – 2 Kedah