LionsXII 5-0 PKNS: Five star Lions trounce visitors

PKNS might have ended the LionsXII's unbeaten away record last Saturday but V.Sundramoorthy's men ensured they did the same thing to the visitors at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

The team from Selangor were the only team left in the league with an unbeaten away record but a 5-0 win for LionsXII with strikes from Shaiful Esah, Safuwan Baharudin, Sevki Sha'ban and a double for Agu Casmir sealed a memorable win for the Singapore side.

It took just 17 minutes for the first goal to be registered as Safuwan poked in a swerving free-kick by Shaiful Esah at the far post.

Provider then turned goal scorer just two minutes later after Shaiful nestled a free-kick in the back of the net before Sevki extended the lead just past the half-hour mark with a thumping header, converting from a Shahdan Sulaiman corner-kick.

Sevki’s joy was short-lived though as the defender had to be stretchered off after a pulled hamstring and replaced by Firdaus Kasman, as Hariss Harun slotted in at the heart of defence.

The hasty shuffle in defence did little to improve PKNS’s fortune and frontman Michal Nicoise who struck the winner on Saturday was left with little to do all night, relying on potshots and free-kicks that never really troubled Hyrulnizam in goal.

Eight minutes after the start of the second-half Agu Casmir picked up his first goal of the season with a close range volley after a well-picked out cross from Shahdan Sulaiman.

Casmir will then pick up his second, although somewhat fortuitously, as Shahril Ishak’s header was tipped off the line by PKNS goalkeeper Remezy Che Ros and onto the head of the Singapore international, before ending up at the back of the net.

LionsXII could have piled on the misery for their visitors as Shahril and Casmir all came close to grabbing more goals but the score remained at 5-0 as the Malaysian Super League leaders sealed their biggest win to date.

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