Perak continued their impressive run since the Super League resumed two weeks ago, by securing yet another win to go within three points of current league leaders, Pahang FA.
With JDT and Pahang facing each other yesterday and Selangor taking on Terengganu, the Seladangs were in a unique position to strengthen their bid to continue silencing critics, considering they were up against league strugglers, Sime Darby FC.
But the relegation candidates showcased their grit in the early stages of the match, with foreign striker Marko handing them the lead to surprise most of the Perak fans at the Selayang Stadium.
Datuk M. Karathu’s men kept going at it, and eventually got the equalizer through Horace James’ goal, which was also his first official strike for the Seladangs since joining them in April.
With the score at 1-1, Perak started dominating proceedings, forcing Sime Darby into their own half for large periods – something that eventually led to their second goal. This time around, it was Charles Chad Souza, who seems to be in the form of his life after a difficult start earlier this season.
After the break, the tempo dropped slightly, though Perak continued to push in search of the coveted third goal, which would grant them breathing space. That eventually materialized with 15 minutes left on the clock, as skipper Nasir Basharuddin found the back of the net to make it 3-1.
The score line remained till the end of the match, and with JDT securing a 1-1 draw with Pahang, Karathu’s troops effectively moved one step closer towards the top. Perak will next face ATM, with the match slated to take place next weekend.