KENINGAU: Sabah defeated amateur side Pensiangan Youth 5-2 in a friendly match played at the Keningau Sports Complex field on Saturday.
The match witnessed by about 5,000 local fans saw the State squad taking the lead through Zainizam Marjan’s 21st minute thunderous drive.
But Pensiangan Youth managed to put things on level terms when Maxsius Musa slotted home the equaliser in the 34th minute.
Not long after striker Mohd Farid Ideris restored Sabah’s lead by netting home the second in the 38th minute before midfielder Radzi Mohd Hussin extended their lead to 3-1 two minutes from the half time break.
Two minutes after the interval, Jufrey Omopor put Pensiangan Youth back in the game by scoring their second on the night.
However, it was not long after that Sabah restored their two-goal lead when Razlan Oto scored from the spot in the 73rd minute to make it 4-2 before Alto Linus sealed their comfortable victory by scoring the fifth in the 76th minute.
In conjunction with the match, lucky fans also walked home with attractive lucky draw prizes including the top prizes, such as one unit of Modenas motorcycle, a washing machine and a television set to name a few.
Nizam Amrul Edward from Kg. Bahagian Nabawan was the lucky winner on the night as he got the motorcycle.
The match was officiated by Vice Chief of Umno Pensiangan Division,Wahanin Ismail, representing divisional head Datuk Abdul Ghani Datuk Yassin.
Meanwhile, Sabah Head Coach Justin Ganai when met said that Pensiangan Youth has been the strongest side thus far they have met in a friendly.
“Without disrespect to the rest of the team, but that is the fact at the moment.”
He said Pensiangan Youth has given them the much needed competitiveness and that he will not rule out the possibility of meeting them again before Sabah begin their Malaysia Cup campaign by taking on Perak in the opener at the Likas Stadium on September 6.