Armed Forces, Pahang share the spoils

June 10, 2014

Pahang were held 2-2 by relegation threatened Armed Forces at the Selayang Stadium.

B. Satiananthan’s five men defence kept Damion Stewart and Matias Conti at bay throughout the match as Pahang were often forced to try shots from a far.

Pahang led Armed Forces 1-0 at the break thanks to an own goal by midfielder Ahmad Fauzi Saari in the 20th minute.

The match was largely balanced one and B. Satianantan’s men had several openings to take the lead in the first two minutes.

First, S. Thinagaran turned skipper Jalaludin Jaafar,  who made only his second start this season, before unleashing a shot but centre back Razman Roslan threw himself at the path of the ball in the eight minute.

April transfer window signing Fabrice Noel forced Khairul Azhan Khalid into a finger tip save in the 19th minute. Just a minute later, Fauzi headed the ball past his teammate Syed Adney Hussin on a Pahang counter attack.

Pahang only tested Adney in the 25th minute after winger R. Gopinathan’s unleashed a powerful from the middle.

Armed Forces continued to contain Pahang with their five man defence in the second half, reducing the visitors to shots from outside the penalty box.

Juan Arostegui drew level after dispossessing Damion Stwert at the edge of the box before unleashing a volley past Khairul Azhan in the 55th minute.

Armed Forces continued to search for a winning goal but left back Saiful Nizam Miswan silence the home crowd with a header past Adney from an Azidan Sarudin corner in the 69th minute.

However,  the lead only lasted eight minutes as Bruno Martelotto marked his introduction to the game with a tap in from a Venice Elphi cross, barely 30 seconds after coming on from the bench.

Both goalkeepers made fingers tip saves in the final minutes of the match to keep the score at 2-2.

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