Match Statistics : Sarawak U19 vs Pahang U19

Youth Cup 2017-MD3
Sarawak vs Pahang
Match Report and Analysis:
Match Report:
In a foul ridden match, 10 men Sarawak came from behind to beat visitors Pahang 2-1, at the State Stadium this afternoon.

Sarawak again played a 4-3-3 system with captain Shaiful Wazizi in goal, supported by his back 4 of Stevenson, Badrul, Haziq and Rivaldo. The midfield trio comprised of Rudy, Awang and Sulaiman. The forwards were Henry, Badzreen and Adif. Bottoml placed Pahang meanwhile was spearheaded by Super League player, striker and captain Mohd Faisal Abdul Halim. It was Faisal who opened the score with a solo effort in the 5th minute of the match.

Sarawak rallied by making several attempts at goal but poor finishing and stout defending by Pahang denied them the equaliser. The match was very even in the first half as both team made forays at each other. The score remains 0-1 at half time.

In the second half, coach Safri made an early substitution by taking off Henry with Amir. The game started with Sarawak doing most of the attacking while Pahang depended on counter-attacks via captain Faisal. As the game progress, Sarawak became more robust in their play. Adif, who was yellow carded in the first half, received his marching orders after collecting his second yellow. However, despite a player down, Sarawak continue to press for the equaliser. A through ball to Badzreen resulted him being foul in the penalty box and the referee awarded a penalty to Sarawak. substitute Zharif Yazlin who replaced the injured Sulaiman cooly converted the penalty in the 71st minute.

Sarawak continued to display a spirited performance and was awarded a second penalty after a Pahang defender handled the ball in the penalty box in the 85th minute of the match. Again Zharif step up to convert his second penalty of the match. Pahang tried their best to equalise after that but the home team jeld on until the final whistle. Final score Sarawak 2 Pahang 1

Match Analysis:
1. Sarawak wasted a lot of opportunities in front of their opponent’s goal. Of the 12 attempts at goal on one was on target but saved by the Pahang goalkeeper. The forwards and midfielders were indecisive when having the ball at their feet in front of goal. The Pahang defenders had a field day, twarting all the attempts by the Sarawak forwards.
2. On the positive side, defending was commendable, especially both centerbacks and DM. Rivaldo and Haziq was composed at the back supported with strong defensive work by Rudy in midfield. Rivaldo and Haziq even made forays up front probably frustrated with the forwards and midfielders failure to penetrate their opponent defence. Rivaldo and Rudy was impressive in their overall display.
3. Indiscipline and lack of temperament by some players like Adif and Awang must be check by the coaching staff. The red card to Adif could have been prevented if he had maintain his cool. However, its good to note that the other players was very discipline and level headed and prevented the match to escalate to a brawl.

Scorers: Sarawak-Zharif Yazlin (2 penalties); Pahang- Faisal Halim
Yellow cards: Sarawak -5; Pahang -2
Corners: Sarawak -5; Pahang -0
Fouls: Sarawak -26;Pahang -21

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