Southeast Asia Malaysia

Fans Return to Stadium in Limited Numbers as JDT Hammer Sorry Mousedeers

The 2021 Liga Super Malaysia season returns after a brief 9-day hiatus with Matchweek 6, with the highlight of the week being the gradual reintroduction of fans into stadiums during certain matches. The reintroduction project was established by league operators Malaysia Football League (MFL) following several months of matches being played behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with Friday’s clash between defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim and Melaka United at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium as well as Saturday’s showdown between Kuala Lumpur City and Sabah FC at the KLFA Stadium being chosen as the pilot matches for the reintroduction project. With only their season ticket holders in attendance, JDT took advantage of the project with both hands and displayed a dominant performance on Friday, smashing three goals without reply past Melaka.

JDT’s season ticket holders haven’t settled themselves into their seats long enough when the Southern Tigers took a quick lead in the 3rd minute. Adam Nor Azlin managed to head in a corner past Melaka goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat to send the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium into celebrations early into the game.

The stadium then erupted into euphoria once again in the 8th minute after Bergson made it 2-0 for JDT, with the Brazilian seizing a pass from Leandro Velazquez after a botched Melaka clearance before he proceeds to smash home from close-range past Khairul.

Questions were raised when JDT decided to offload new striker Jonathan Herrera back to his native Argentina on loan to bring in Bergson, however the Brazilian soon proved his worth once again in the 82nd minute by scoring JDT’s third of the night, beating Khairul for the second time in the match after latching onto a Mohamadou Sumareh through pass and once again finishing things off from close-range.

Friday’s other Matchweek 6 results saw Kedah Darul Aman beating 10-man Sri Pahang FC 3-1 at the Darul Aman Stadium and hosts Terengganu FC playing out a 0-0 draw with Petaling Jaya City at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium.

Matchweek 6 continues on Saturday with the aforementioned clash between Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, as well as matches between Penang FC against Perak FC at the City Stadium in George Town and UiTM FC hosting Selangor FC in a Selangor Derby at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam.