KUCHING – Sarawak stumbled in-front of a 25,000 home crowd to Terengganu, despite dominating the game, and producing countless chances. (Photo shows the crowd)

The game started with Sarawak mounting attacks from all angles, with Guy Bwele (2) showing off his skills and dominating the midfield. Terengganu which fielded their newly signed imports, and boasting several national players failed to impress, and had to defend their goal mouth with almost every player they had. Ravindran (25), featured for the first time in the starting line up partnered Asri Chu Chu(11) up-front, but their effort was either humbled by the Terengganu goalkeeper, or way off target.

On the other hand, Terengganu which had a handful of chances made it count when a misunderstanding between the Sarawak defenders led to an unmarked Terengganu striker(Victor Moses look-alike) having enough time to power a shot to hit the back of the Sarawak net.

The goal didn’t dampen the Crocs as they started to mount more attacks to find the equalizer. Bwele boasted the midfield with his neat passes, and the Crocs showed the fans they wanted to win the game. The best chance came rolling when Bwele made a long try from 25 yards, but excellent goalkeeping from Terengganu saw the shot pushed out for a corner. Two fruitless corners followed, with the Terengganu custodian doing his miracled by saving what should have been a certain goal. The first half ended with Sarawak behind by one goal, but the fans were well entertained with Sarawak’s efforts.

The second half whistle signaled the urgency of the Crocs to find an equalizer. The roar of the fans grew as Sarawak mounted even more attacks from both flanks. Somewhere in the 60th minute, Sarawak had a penalty shout denied by the referee despite a clear ‘hand ball’ in the box. The Sarawak players surrounded the referee, but the referee stood his ground. A few more incident saw Sarawak players being yellow carded for falling on their feet, despite getting hard challenges from Terengganu. Fans obviously displeased with the bad refereeing started chanting ‘stupid referee’, but that didn’t change the quality of refereeing. In fact, Sarawak coach Robert Alberts was also seen showing his frustration after the referee failed to award Sarawak a free kick despite an obvious back pass from the Terengganu players to their goalkeeper.

Despite the referee making decisions to Terengganu’s favour,the Crocs never gave up and continued to pushed harder to find the equalizer.  Nonetheless, the Crocs were now showing tired legs, and efforts from Zamri Morshidi (7) only resulted in him getting a yellow card.  Terengganu was already resigned to their time wasting tactics as they walked away with the full three points when the final whistle blew.

Final result: Sarawak 0 Terengganu 1