M’sia Cup: Sarawak vs Pahang report


Sarawak currently lead Pahang 2-1 at the Sarawak State Stadium thanks to goals from Rashid Aya and Joel Epalle.

Sarawak started the game agressive with Bobby Gonzalez providing much needed fire power upfront.

The Crocs squandered several good chances in the first few minutes but Rashid Aya made no mistake to shoot a thunderous left footer into Pahang’s goal for Sarawak’s first goal.

Pahang equalized through a defensive bluder by the Sarawak defence when Malcom was left unmarked in the penalty box.

Sarawak pushed harder for the lead and Joel Epalle made sure he punish Pahang’s defense when he powered a screamer from inside the penalty box to put Sarawak at the drivers seat yet again.

The second half saw Sarawak picking up where the left off with countless dangerous attacks.

However, minutes into the half, the referee on duty decided that a challenge by Dzulazlan Ibrahim was worthy of a second bookable offense, hence resulting in him to get his marching orders.

The incident which happened in front of Robert Alberts infuriated the Sarawak head coach whom then was seen making a verbal complaint to the referee.  Fans alike were also echoing that such offense should not result in the dismissal of Dzulazlan, particularly after the Pahang player involved walked away after the marching orders were made.

The decision turned Sarawak’s game as Pahang started to play to their numerical advantage.

Minutes after the incident, Pahang scored two goals and held their lead until the end of the whistle to give the visiting team the valuable three points.