JDT down Kedah despite playing with 10 men

6/10/2022 7:38:00 AM

A perfect display of why they were worthy champions.

A perfect display of why they were worthy champions.

PETALING JAYA: Despite playing with 10 men, Johor Darul Ta’zim showed why they were worthy champions after beating Kedah 3-1 in the Super League game at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar yesterday.

The Southern Tigers, who sealed their ninth consecutive title last weekend, saw top goal scorer Bergson Da Silva red-carded in the 45th minute after scoring the equaliser nine minutes before he was sent off.Yesterday, the national mixed doubles shuttler combined with regular partner Goh Soon Huat to help Ampang reach the semi-finals by beating Singapore Badminton Team 13-6.Kisona had reached her first quarter-final since March before bowing out to homester Thi Phuong Tran 19-21, 7-21.Bin Shen feels that this should be the pair’s next target as they look to keep progressing.

The Brazilian took a swipe at Kedah defender Rodney Celvin Akwensivie’s head during a 50-50 challenge.But that did not deter JDT as they played with hunger and determination in the second-half, with goals from playmaker Leandro Velasquez via a penalty in the 60th minute and midfielder Afiq Fazail in the 79th minute.The others who won their matches for Ampang were Goh Jin Wei (women’s singles), Indonesia’s Moh Reza Isfahani-Sabar Gutama (men’s doubles), and Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen (men’s singles).Kedah drew first blood in the game through striker Ronald Ngah in the 13th minute.Her performance in the Vietnam Open was OK but her body was not strong enough in the quarter-finals after she had to play two tough matches in the first two rounds.JDT coach Hector Bidoglio was delighted with the way his boys fought back from 0-1 down.Moh Reza-Sabar Gutama then got the better of Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7.“First of all, we’ve to praise the commitment, determination and passion showed by our boys to win the game,” said the Venezuelan.39 He Jiting-Zhou Haodong 17-21, 14-21 in the last four in Vietnam.

“They played possession football, showed great mental strength and intelligence on and off the ball.“We are really happy to help our team reach the semi-finals.Kisona was pushed to three games in the first and second round against India’s Anupama Uphadyaya and Myanmar’s Thet Thuzar respectively.We showed why we were champions of the league and the best club in Malaysia.“Not sure the penalty changed the game but from the time we played 10 versus 11, we played like we wanted to win the game.But first, Ampang may have to overcome defending champions Puchong United in the last four.On the field, it is evident that JDT wanted to win the game.Kisona had reached the quarter-finals in the Swiss Open in March but failed to get past the first round in all her tournaments since then before the Vietnam Open.” When asked about Da Silva’s action, he said he would review it.9 men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and veteran men’s singles player Liew Daren in their ranks.Haikal-Arif could face a re-match with Jiting-Haodong in the Indonesian Masters in Malang from Oct 18-23 provided both pairs justify their respective rankings and go all the way to the final.

“Bergson is a player that plays big games for us.But it happens.“Puchong are a strong team on paper.49 in the latest world rankings.We have to check and review what he did.“It was a heated situation, but he didn’t agree with the red.We have to be well-prepared and play very well as a team to beat them,” said Shevon.Everybody was fighting with high intensity, so we must see what he did and review it.Instead, I want her to just focus on playing and winning round by round,” said James.The pair had captured three titles at lower-tier tournaments last year (Austrian Open, Hellas International and Ukraine International).

” Da Silva did apologise for his action on social media by saying, “Sorry for my big mistake.Thanks for the win! And what a team.” Meanwhile, Kedah coach Aidil Sharin felt the penalty in the 60th minute changed the game for Kedah.“Without the penalty, things would have been different.I wanted to soak in the pressure for 65 minutes and then play an attacking game.

Then the penalty came, and we lost momentum.It demoralised the players.The third goal, it was conceded too easily,” said the Singaporean.“Effort and commitment-wise, my boys gave everything against a big team.They have to learn.

I cannot blame the young players.They are here to learn and get better.We have to accept it, we lost to a better team.We will bounce back in the next game.” JDT remain unbeaten in the league with 49 points from 19 games, while Kedah are sixth with 27 points.

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