Bayan Lepas - Real Saturn restored to glory with BK on top form running the show, helping Saturn registered a 3 goals to nil victory.
Saturn captain cum stand-in coach SB rehabilitated the attacking line, installing BK as the supporting striker role to lead the offense from start. The elite striker BK displayed several key link-up movements inviting BSLau with dangerous passes.
In 20th minute a curly long ball by Saturn headed out by an IWK tall defender. Edmund manning the D box appeared at the perfect position to calmly released a volley. His perfectly timed strike caught IWK GK in surprised and went into the top left corner into the empty net. Saturn lead 1-0.
IWK worked hard to exploit positional defect in RS's line up. IWK tried a few long balls attacking from the right. RS read the game plan well and with KC stationed at right back, managed to keep IWK's left winger quiet for the 1st half hour.
Adrian deployed as a defensive midfielder, together with Edmund and Andrew formed a triangular shield with maximum effect. The 3 musketeers made IWK midfield engine looked dysfunctional.
Linking up with BK, the young Zharif scored on his 2nd start for RS. A one-two pass exchanged with BK, Zharif teased the IWK midfielder with ease. On the 35th minute BK received the ball from Zharif, advanced to bypass one IWK defender, spotted the unmanned Zharif and returned a pass to Zharif. VAR showed Zharif was on-side as he calmly chipped it over IWK keeper. 2-0 Saturn enlarged the scoreline.
Determined to overturn the deficit, IWK launched waves of attacks in the second half. RS defense showered much of the storm thanks to the tireless Andrew working hard from midfield supporting and protecting the defense line.
A rare slip of concentration from the defense line by the aging TK and Adrian deep into the 1st half presented an opportunity for IWK. One pass by IWK attacking on the right caught TK and Hans by surprised. IWK raced thru, exploited the gap between TK and Hans. Super-charged by Petronas Ron97, Hans speed up and accelerated. Hans raced from behind and pressured IWK, the speedy Hans won back the ball in style. Several female fans started shouting Hans name from the stand.
Kapsiao.com quoted RSFanzone that on the next game fans will bring banner displaying their love to Hans and Zharif.
Nip Odoi displayed flashes of brilliance on the right wing, however he can only last for 10 minutes. WJ won possession and flicked a pass to Nip Odoi but he squandered a chance to make it 3-0. Fans were disappointed and demanded more from Odoi as he wasted few more clear chances. Surprisingly the error-prone SBLau made little mistakes in this match and that pave the way of abuse from fans onto Odoi.
RS welcome back the creative midfielder SzeFu with a run of touches.
In the 77th minutes RS registered the emphatic victory. And the 3rd goal of RS was a beauty. WJ harassed IWK, and flicked a pass to the supporting BK. BK waltzed thru at the edge of the penalty box, and curled a right-footed shot onto the top right corner. Kapsiao.com ran a modelling software and concluded that BK's sensational strike was 95% similar to Sadio Mane's goal against Newcastle. IWK was stung by BK's organised strike.
Determined to protect the cleansheet, Adrian marshalled the RS defense with KC, Allan and Hans, slowing the IWK attacking tempo in several occasions.
Nip Odoi tried his luck with a clear chance in search for the 4th goal, after Patrick collected a pass from midfield fed it to Nip. The evergreen midfield maestro hit a diagonal pass to Nip who advanced from the right wing. Lack of sleep the previous night, Nip hit the ball weak and widely off target. "He is a top striker during his peak, and at the moment Nip is goal-shy but we will support him for sure." Coach Mr X said to the media after the game.
RS celebrated a well organised victory by winning 3-0 over IWK. Next awaiting fixture will be on Motorola.