Fulham secure their 1st win in 8 games

In English football action, 

Fulham defeated Newcastle United 2-1 at Craven Cottage this morning. 

Steve Sidwell put Fulham ahead with a deflected shot after 19 minutes.

The Magpies equalised through a brilliant 20-metre strike by midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa early in the second half. 

And Hugo Rodallega rose to head home Damien Duff's free kick after 63 minutes for the winning goal. 

This was Fulham's 1st victory in 8 games. 

And the Cottagers are now 13th in the table standings and 1 place ahead of Newcastle.

Still on English football, 

A Manchester City supporter faces a lifetime ban for his actions during Sunday's match against Manchester United. 

21 year old Mathew Stott ran onto the pitch to confront United defender, Rio Ferdinand during injurytime.

But he was prevented from reaching the former England centreback, when Man City's goalkeeper Joe Hart intervened. 

Now although he's issued an apology to Ferdinand and the club, Stott's current season ticket has already been revoked. 

And he will be banned for life from the Etihad Stadium, if found guilty in court on the charge of pitch encroachment. 

Ferdinand suffered a cut above his left eye after being struck by a coin, as United celebrated Robin van Persie's winning goal during injurytime. 

Local police have also charged 8 other people in relation to the trouble at the Stadium, which saw United triumph 3-2 over their arch-rivals.

In regional football news, 

Singapore's Lions 12 squad have been drawn to face PKNS in the 1st round of the Malaysian FA Cup. 

The match will take place in 6 weeks time at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. 

Earlier this season, our Lions 12 battled against PKNS on 4 occasions during the league and the Malaysia Cup campaign. 

And although coach V Sundramoothy and the Republic won both matches at home, they also lost the other 2 games in KL. 

And should the Lions 12 overcome PKNS in the 1st round, their next opponents will be the treble-winning champions from Kelantan. 

Meanwhile in other selected opening round FA Cup fixtures, 

Selangor FA will take on the newly promoted Malaysian Armed Forces side ATM, while Fandi Ahmad and his Darul Takzim team will meet Perak in late January.