Football: LionsXII notch first away Malaysian Super League victory of the season

The LionsXII recorded their first away win of their Malaysian Super League (MSL) season after a 2-1 victory over bottom club Sime Darby on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: JEREMY LONG
The LionsXII recorded their first away win of their Malaysian Super League (MSL) season after a 2-1 victory over bottom club Sime Darby on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: JEREMY LONG

The LionsXII recorded their first away win of their Malaysian Super League (MSL) season after a 2-1 victory over bottom club Sime Darby on Saturday.

The win, also the Singaporean team's first back-to-back MSL victories of the campaign, came courtesy of second-half goals from Gabriel Quak and Firdaus Kasman after the hosts took a surprise lead.

Sime Darby opened the scoring in the 24th minute when goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud rushed out of his penalty box to head away the ball but he was caught out by Fahrul Razi's superbly-connected volley from 30 metres.

But LionsXII midfielder Firdaus then netted a blockbuster of his own in the 56th minute as he rifled in a volley from just outside the box after the Sime Darby defence had headed away a throw-in.

Winger Quak then sealed the win in the 66th minute as he executed a volley from his left foot from the edge of the area that found the bottom left corner of the net.

With their latest win, the LionsXII now have three wins, four draws and three losses from their 10 matches in the league this season.

Fandi Ahmad's men will now prepare for what will be their biggest match of the season so far when they host Terengganu in the first leg of the Malaysian FA Cup semi-final at the Jalan Besar Stadium on May 9.