Injury-hit LIONSXII looking for cup joy

Despite a injury-ravaged squad, the LIONSXII will be looking to continue to impress when they take on Terengganu in the Malaysia FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

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The Singapore-based outfit have enjoyed a strong start to their maiden campaign in Malaysian football and are currently second in the Malaysia Super League, two points behind leaders Kelantan.

However, they have been badly hit by injury lately and were missing as many as five first-teamers in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Selangor, including Baihakki Khaizan, Izwan Mahbud and Shaiful Esah.

Nonetheless, LIONSXII coach V. Sundramoorthy was pleased with the point his charges picked up earlier in the week, and singled out a number of players for praise.

"With the injury crisis we are suffering at the moment, a point against this team [Selangor] is a good result," Sundramoorthy said.

"Selangor, in my opinion, are one of the best teams in Malaysia at the moment and they have quality all around the pitch, with players who can make or break the game with their passing abilities.

"We had many heroes out on the pitch with Hariss [Harun] leading the defence, Isa Halim running his socks off in midfield and Sufian Anuar battling up front. I have to say that our goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma'at had a wonderful game and, despite not having started most of the matches this season, he was great."

On Saturday, the LIONSXII take on a Terengganu outfit currently a point behind them in third in the Super League table, and also boast the league's most lethal marksman in Francis Forkey Doe.

With the visitors currently shorthanded at the back, the Turtles will be looking to build a considerable advantage ahead of Tuesday's second-leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Elsewhere on Saturday, defending league champions Kelantan entertain SPA FC at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium, while Kedah take on T-Team in an all-Super League encounter.

On Friday, second division outfit Sime Darby FC recorded a 3-2 win over Johor FC at the Selayang Municipal Stadium.

Goals from Azmirul Aziz and Razali Umar Kandasamy gave the hosts a 2-0 lead after 35 minutes, before Brazilian Arthur Henrique Bernhardt pulled one back for Johor FC just before the break when he volleyed home from close range.

Liberian import Patrick Wleh then restored Sime Darby's two-goal advantage in the 68th minute when he went past Zamir Selamat and fired into an empty net, but Henrique Bernhardt grabbed his second ten minutes from time to ensure there will be plenty to play for in Tuesday's second leg at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium.

Saturday's Malaysia FA Cup Fixtures

Terengganu vs LIONSXII

Kelantan vs SPA FC

Kedah vs T-Team

Friday's Malaysia FA Cup Results

Sime Darby FC 3-2 Johor FC


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