Two first-half goals from Liridon Krasniqi and Akhyar Rashid were enough to help Kedah earn three points after defeating Negeri Sembilan 2-1 at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Paroi last night.
Kedah head coach Muhd Nidzam Adzha Yusoff instructed his team to find an early goal during the match and their efforts ensured that the rewards were reaped after Kosovan midfielder Liridon Krasniqi drew first blood in the first ten minutes of the match, before Akhyar Rashid doubled his team's lead.
Nidzam was extremely satisfied with his team's performance against The Jangs and did not forget to praise the intelligence of Akhyar Rashid, despite turning 19 years-old earlier this month.
"Akhyar has matured quickly to adapt to the high level of the game,"Nidzam said.
"During the match, they (Negeri) played a very high line and opened up a lot of gaps in their defensive line. Akhyar was extremely quick and helped the team produce dangerous counter-attacking plays."
Akhyar Rashid has been in fine form after scoring two goals and assisting twice in his last three starts away from home.
In the second half, Negeri Sembilan's hopes of earning a point were brought to life after Brazilian midfielder Flavio Beck Junior scored on the 76th minute but were unable to complete the mission.
Negeri Sembilan currently sit at the bottom of the league and is looking to earn their second win of the season after the Negeri Sembilan Football Association (NSFA) sacked Azraai Khor and hired Portuguese head coach Mario Lemos to try to salvage the second half of the season.
The match in Paroi saw former Pahang defender Alex Moraes make his debut for The Jangs.