KOTA BAHARU – Kelantan used their home field advantage to thrash bottom club Armed Forces (ATM) 5-1, in the only Super League match last night, at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, here.
Kelantan’s fifth win of the campaign saw them collect 18 points so far, but they still remained in ninth position in the league.
Kelantan opened scoring in the third minute through Colombian import, Erwin Carillo, who converted a cross from Gilmar Da Silva.
The home team’s joy was shortlived as the visitors’ winger Venice Elphi equalised just five minutes later with a superb strike past Kelantan goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.
Kelantan, however, reclaimed the lead with another two goals, from striker Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor in the 38th minute, and Mohd Norfarhan Muhammad, four minutes later, to finish the first half, 3-1.
ATM were reduced to 10 players in the second half after defender Nor Fadly Alias was given his marching orders by referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaakob for picking up a second yellow card.
Kelantan seized the advantage by adding another two goals through Erwin Carillo in the 64th minute and substitute player Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria in the 74th minute.
The match, which was scheduled to be played in the month of Ramadan, was postponed as the Kelantan State Government was using the stadium for the ‘Madinah Ramadhan’ programme during the holy month.