Evan Dimas strikes fine winner for Selangor, Thanabalan rescues Negeri

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Indonesian stalwart Evan Dimas came to life in Selangor FA colours after he struck a fine solo winner to give the Red Giants a crucial 2-1 win against PKNS FC in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) on Wednesday.

The other match saw Malaysia Under-23 striker N. Thanabalan score an injury time equalizer to give Negeri Sembilan FA a 1-1 draw against Perak FA.

Selangor shot to a seventh-minute lead though their in-form striker Rufino Segovia, who capitalised on a mistake from PKNS goalkeeper Shahril Sa’ari to put the Red Giants 1-0 ahead.

The opener was Segovia’s 12th of the season, and 10th at the Cheras Stadium alone.

Selangor continued to control the match but couldn’t find a second goal, and they were pegged back just before half-time through Safee Sali’s strike which flew past Khairulazhan Khalid.

The home side were also dealt a blow after Segovia was deemed unfit to continue after picking up an injury, and was replaced by Faizzudin Abidin.

But the Red Giants emerged after the break eager to regain their advantage, and did so on the hour mark through their Indonesian playmaker Evan’s fine solo finish.

The marquee signing had failed to deliver in the first half of the campaign, but is slowly beginning to find his form with two goals in consecutive matches.

The win leaves Selangor in eighth, while PKNS are sixth. Both teams will meet again at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.

Further south of the Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan recorded another huge result against Perak in their bid to stay in the MSL.

The Jangs had won their last two matches against Kelantan FA (2-0) and PKNS (3-1), and needed Thanabalan to pop up with a rescue act to salvage a result.

Negeri had gone behind after GIlmar scored before Thanabalan popped up with a late equaliser.

The draw sees Negeri remain four points off the safety zone in 11th, while Perak are tied-second with Pahang FA having played a game more.