Malaysia FA Cup: Kedah leave it late; Kelantan victorious

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Kedah advanced from second round of the Malaysia FA Cup in dramatic fashion on Friday after recording a last-gasp 1-0 win over Negeri Sembilan.

After neither side could find the breakthrough in 90 minutes at the Darul Aman Stadium, it looked as though it would take the dreaded penalty shootout to separate the two teams.

But, in the 119th minute, Kedah’s talismanic playmaker Baddrol Bakhtiar came to the fore as he found the back of the net to win it for his side.

Over at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, Kelantan had a fairly straightforward evening as they beat Terengganu City 2-0.

Cassio opened the scoring for the Red Giants in the 25th minute when he was picked out by Badhri Radzi’s freekick and found the bottom corner with a deft backward header.

And, with 16 minutes remaining, the result was put beyond doubt as Kelantan debutant Shafiq Shaharudin bravely got in ahead of the opposition keeper to nod home Bruno Lopes’ right-wing delivery.

Meanwhile, PKNS FC also had a fairly easy time at the Shah Alam Stadium in their 4-1 triumph over Hanelang FC.

It initially looked as though they could be in for a difficult night when Jafri Firdaus Chew’s 8th-minute opener was cancelled out by Munawar Sakuth Ali just three minutes later.

Nonetheless, Romel Oswaldo restored the hosts’ advantage eight minutes before the break, before second-half goals by Rafael Ramazotti (55’) and Nurridzuan Abu Hassan (68’) capped off a fine night for PKNS.

Finally, UiTM FC also had no real issues in booking their place in the next round as a Dao Bakary brace and a further effort from Asnan Awal Hisham secured a 3-0 win over Perlis.

Photo credit: Kedah FA

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