MSL: JDT, Kedah share spoils in Malaysia Cup final dress rehearsal

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Kedah and Johor Darul Ta’zim played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday in what was also a dress rehearsal for next Saturday’s Malaysia Cup final.

With JDT having already wrapped up a fourth consecutive Super League title ahead of the final day of the season, there would have been little for them to play for at the Darul Aman Stadium on Saturday had they come up against any other opposition.

However, the fact that they faced off against the same side they will meet again in a week’s time added to the intrigue, although there was ultimately no separating the two sides.

Instead, the main drama occurred at the other end of the table as Kelantan survived relegation with a 3-1 win over Melaka United, condemning Sarawak to the drop instead following their 0-0 draw against T-Team.

It initially looked as though Kelantan – champions as recently as 2012 – would not survive as they fell behind to a Nick Swirad effort on the half-hour mark.

However, Abou Bakr Al-Mel equalised for them in the 76th minute, before two goals in the final nine minutes by Alessandro Celin sealed a remarkable comeback.

Over at the Darulmakmur Stadium, Pahang wrapped up second spot with a 1-1 draw against Perak TBG.

After D. Christie Jayaseelan fired them in front in the 24th minute, it looked as though Tok Gajah would end their campaign with a win until Nasir Basharudin struck with ten minutes remaining to earn Perak a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, already-relegated Penang were beaten by Selangor 3-1, with Jafri Firdaus Chew netting a consolation as Andik Vermansyah’s opener and a Rufino Segovia double handed the Red Giants the victory.

And, finally, Thiago Augusto scored a hat-trick to inspire FELDA United to a 4-2 win over PKNS FC, sealing a top-three finish and completing an impressive revival after they had started the season looking as genuine relegation candidates following five losses in their opening seven games.

Photo credit: Kedah FA