KUALA LUMPUR – Felda United FC (FUFC) and Kelantan improve their chances of advancing to the Malaysia Cup semifinals after beating their respective opponents in the first leg of the quarter-finals last night.
FUFC, who were the runner-up of the Premier League championship, sprang a surprise when they turned the table against 32-time Malaysia Cup champions, Selangor with a comfortable 4-0 win at the Shah Alam Stadium.
The scoring spree by ‘The Fighters’ squad began when Ndumba Makeche (pic) opened scoring in the 22nd minute before Edward Junior Wilson made it 2-0 in the 45th.
In the second half, the squad under Irfan Bakti continued to dominate by scoring another two goals through Makeche in the 84th and 85th.
Malaysia Cup 2013 runner-up, Kelantan meanwhile beat Kedah 3-1 at the Stadium Sultan Muhammad Ke-IV, Kota Baharu.
The three goals by ‘The Red Warriors’ were netted by Liberian import, Francis Forkey Doe in the seventh and 24th minutes and Ahmad Fakri Saarani (60′) while the Red Eagle squad scored a consolation goal through Muhd Syafiq Ahmad in the 71st.
Meanwhile, defending champion Pahang failed to capitalise on the homeground advantage when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) at the Stadium Darul Makmur, Kuantan.
Mohd Fauzi Abdul Majid placed ‘The Cops’ ahead in the 42nd after beating Pahang substitute goalie Mohd Khairul Azhan Mohd Khalid.
Imported striker from Nigeria, Dickson Nwakaeme saved Pahang from defeat when he equalised in the 56th minute.
Earlier, Pahang had to play with 10 men after goalie Mohd Nasril Nourdin was given the red card in the 39th minute by referee Wan Mohamad Tarmizi Wan Ibrahim for bringing down PDRM striker, Ali Ashfaq in the penalty box.
Terengganu and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) were tied to a scoreless draw at the Stadium Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, Kuala Terengganu.
The second leg of the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Cup will be held on Oct 10 and 11.
On Oct 10, Felda United FC will face Selangor at Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang while Kedah will face Kelantan at Stadium Darul Aman, Alor Setar.
The match between JDT and Terengganu will be held at Stadium Tan Sri Hassan Yunos, Larkin while PDRM will face Pahang at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Paroi one day later.
The first semifinals will be held on Oct 17 and 18 while the second will be on Oct 24 and 25 and the final on Nov 1. – Bernama