KOTA KINABALU: Sabah were denied an injury time penalty to eventually see them succumb to their second consecutive home defeat after bowing out 2-1 to Terengganu at the Likas Stadium last night.
With only seconds remaining on the clock, second-half substitute Leopold Alfonso Otong unleashed a powerful drive from about 30 metres out that hit Terengganu skipper Mohd Marzuki Yusof’s hand, but unfortunately the match official waved play on.
Sabah players tried to protest, but the man in black was firm in his decision.
It was not long after that the match official blew the final whistle.
And at this juncture, Sabah FA Deputy President Datuk Lawrence Gimbang was also seen approaching the man in black.
Plastic bottles were also thrown into the field that could put the Sabah FA in trouble.
It was undoubtedly a closely contested battle with both sides having a fair share at each other’s goal, but it was not until after the break that Sabah finally found the much-needed goal through Shahrul Azhar Ture.
The speedy flanker put his name on the score-sheet with a 35 metre free kick that Terengganu custodian Mohd Sharbinee Allawee Ramli failed to make a clean catch in the 59th minute.
But Sabah’s celebrations were short lived as it only took Terengganu two minutes to put things on level terms.
Abdul Hadi Yahaya slotted home the equaliser from close range. Then Wan Mohd Aliff Wan Jasmi put the visitors in front with a cool finish by easily tapping in a low cross from Abdul Hadi.
Late on both sides had numerous chances of finding the net, but none of them turned into goals!