MD3 : Sarawak vs Felcra FC
Time: 4.15 pm
Venue; Stadium Negeri, Kuching
Match Result: Sarawak 2 Felcra 3
Match Report/Analysis and Players Ratings:
Coach PB made some minor changes to the side from the last match by bringing in left fullback Ramesh Lai and pushing Sabree Abu at right fullback. He also brought in Muzaimir in midfield in place of Alif Hassan.
Felcra had former Sarawak goalkeeper, Fadzley Rahim in their side, plus ex-national player, Shahrom Kalam in central defence. Another ex-Sarawak player, Rasyid Aya was on the bench.
1st half Analysis:
Sarawak, played a cautious game early on as they organised their attacking moves from the back. However, their shots at the Felcra goal was limited to only 4, the first resulting in the opening goal in the 22nd minute via Bobby from an assist by Mateo on the right. In the 29th minute, Felcra was awarded with a penalty kick by referee, Mohd Fairuzi after Sabree handled the ball. However, Anselmo failed to score after hit the left post of the Sarawak goal. Sarawak got their 2nd goal via Mateo through a penalty kick in the 32th minute after Felcra fullback Fandi Othman, handled the ball.
For Felcra, Anselmo had most attempts at the Sarawak goal in the 19th,20th, and 19th minute respectively. Further attempts was made by Alip Shamsudin, Dzulfahmi Hadi, Endrick and David Laly. Goalkeeper Iqbal was kept busy, making 5 important saves to keep a clean sheet in the first half. Korean defender, Kim Chi gon was also composed and commanding in defence to thwart most of the attacking moves by Felcra. Half time score : Sarawak 2 Felcra 0
Sarawak – 2 (Bobby, Mateo (P))
Sarawak – 4
Felcra – 7
Sarawak – 3
Felcra – 2
Felcra – 7
Sarawak 1 (Sabree)
Felcra – 0
In the 2nd half, Felcra up their tempo and continue to press at the Sarawak goal. Most of their attacks was centred from Anselmo, who made 6 further attempts early in the 2nd half. Again goalkeeper Iqbal was at his best, making saves after saves to defy the Felcra attempts. The game become more intense as Felcra coach, Tarciso Barbullo, made 2 attacking substitutions by bringing in Nazrul Kamarulzaman and Rasyid Aya. Their attacks were focused from the flanks as both players continued to pump in crosses to Anselmo in the middle.
Coach PB had to make a substitution replacing the injured Abdul Rahim with Hafiz Bakar in the 60th minute. Kim was also forced out in the 66th minute after suffering a cramp and replaced by Mazwandi. His departure from the game was the game changer as Felcra capitalised on his absent by continuing to pump in high ball to Anselmo in the middle. Further injury to both captain Hairol and Ramesh weaken the Sarawak defence. In the 87th minute, Anselmo scored his first goal with a clear header from a cross in the right flank with Iqbal rooted to the spot. Deep in injury time, he scored another 2 goals, also with pin-point headers to complete his hatrick and the winner for Felcra. Final score: Sarawak 2 Felcra 3
Felcra -3 (Anselmo,3)
Sarawak – 4
Felcra – 12
Sarawak – 0
Felcra – 2
Felcra – 8
Sarawak – 1 (Mazwandi)
Felcra –2 (David, Rasyid)
21-Iqbal Suhaimi (7) – Despite letting in the late 3 goals, he had an outstanding game. He made 10 important saves which prevented Felcra from scoring.
12 – Ramesh(7) – Had a good game at left-back. Assist the attacks with his overlapping runs. Strong in tackles and 50/50 balls despite his age.
3- Sabree Abu (5) – was okay in the first half but was poor in the 2nd especially in the later stages of the match.
14- Kim Chi Gon(7) – Another good display by the Korean defender. His absent was a factor for the porous defence in the 2nd half. Needs to improve on his fitness to complete a full game.
17- Hairol Mokhtar (6.5)- Another good game by Hairol. Hampered by injury late in the game.
5- Milos Raickovic (6) – Tried his best to control the midfield. A better display by him.
10- Nebo Marinkovic (4.5) – had a poor game by his standards. However, managed to made 2 attempts at goal. Needs to improve his game.
6- Muzaimir (6) –had a strong debut for his first full game. Control the defensive 3rd well, especially in the 1st half but tired later in the game.
19- Bobby Gonzales (7) – Another good display by Bobby. Scored his 2nd goal of the season.
11- Abdul Rahim (5.5) –had a rather quiet game, some good moves in the 1st half. Was injured in the 2nd half and replaced by Hafiz.
9- Matteo Roskam (6.5) – A goal and an assist. Was busy as usual, chasing and pressing in his normal role as centre forward.
7-Hafiz- (5.5) – Came in in the 2nd for the injured Rahim. Struggled to contain the Felcra attacking 3rd. His built and height is a disadvantage against the slightly bigger opponents.
16 – Mazwandi (5) – was in all sorts after coming in for the injured Kim at central defence. Had a torrid time against the lanky Anselmo. Was clearly beaten by the centre-forward in aerial duels.
The players played well in the 1st 45 minutes. They maintained their composure throughout the 1st half and made their moves slowly from defence. The defence was solid and the defensive 3rd was well organised by Muzaimir who performed well as defensive midfielder.
Lapse of concentration and fitness issues, plus injuries to both Hairol and Ramesh late in the game. The fullbacks were not closing down the opponent flankers from delivering crosses to the middle. Tiredness was also a factor as Muzaimir struggled at the later end of the game. Perhaps, coach PB should strengthen the defence but maybe due to the lack of capable players on the bench. The midfielders were also not helping by pressing their opponents. The coaches should focus on these weaknesses and identify the right action plan in the coming matches with similar situations.
By: Matop SSB
Foto: Wan Habeb / Alhafizh Pauzi (CSN Sportstalk)