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Robson saves the day

8th February, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Goalkeeper Robson Rendy Rining proved the unlikely hero with a late penalty save as Sabah Rhinos salvaged a point on the road on Tuesday.

Jelius Ating and his boys were on the brink of defeat when Felcra FC were awarded a spot kick in the three minutes of injury time.

But the untested Robson, who started ahead of first-choice custodian Rozaimi Rohim, managed to stop Leonardo Moraira De Carralho’s spot kick that eventually saw the match end one-all.

It was the homesters who took a 29th-minute lead through Anselmo Arruda Da Silva, who easily defeated the hapless Robson in a one-on-one situation after the latter managed to beat the offside trap. But Korean Lee Gil Hoon scored the leveller for Sabah Rhinos in the 35th minute from the spot.

It was his second goal for the team. He also put his name on the score-sheet in their 4-0 win over Terengganu FC II in Likas last week.

Sabah Rhinos head coach Jelius Ating while happy to steal a point from the tie was a little disappointed with the display, particularly in the early minutes of the opening half.

He said they lacked the urgency, and played a rather slow game, which caused them to lose ball possession.

“Our game was a little slow in the first half unlike our fast-paced game in Likas last week… they looked a little tired too.

“I think fatigue is one of the reasons for our not so convincing performance. The fixtures are a little bit tight, and the long journey for us to come here (Shah Alam) took its toll on the players. I think they did not have enough rest ahead of the game,” said Jelius when contacted yesterday.

But the 47-year-old coach still praised his charges for their commitment and determination in wanting to win the tie, particularly in the second half.

“After the break, we managed to put up a much better performance, and indeed we managed to create numerous chances, including, two golden opportunities, which I would say could have gone into the back of the opponent’s net on another day. Unfortunately, Maxsius (Musa) failed to keep his composure, as he squandered his chances. “What is important is we did not return home empty handed. Of course, we went into the match hoping to get all the three points, but the point we got is better than nothing,” he said.

With the draw, Sabah Rhinos dropped to second in the standings on four points.

Felda United FC lead the pack on maximum six points. On Tuesday, they thrashed PDRM 6-2, whom Sabah Rhinos will meet this Friday at the Likas Stadium.

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