Malaysia Cup Round 6 Review: Groups C and D in the spotlight in final round

2013 Malaysia Cup quarter finalists decided after the final round of group matches on Saturday night

Round 6 of the 2013 Malaysia Cup concluded the group stage last night, and Groups C and D captured the attention of football fans in the country, with drama and closely-contested matches deciding who gets to enter the quarter finals.



Sime Darby and ATM both needed to avoid losing to ensure qualification to the quarter finals when they faced each other last night at the Selayang Stadium, as third-placed Johor were facing the already-disqualified Selangor. ATM scored as early as the 4th minute courtesy of Amirizwan Taj in his first game since coming back from injury. Sime Darby levelled the scoreline in the 32nd minute, and the match would go on to finish 1-1, ensuring qualification to both of the teams. 

Selangor meanwhile finally picked up their first win of the competition, to deny Johor's aspiration. Despite falling behind through a second half Farid Ideris penalty, the sending off of Johor's See Kok Luen gave them the advantage to come back from behind through two beautiful goals by S. Kunanlan and the JDT-linked Amri Yahya.

ATM will be facing Group D runners up LionsXII, whereas Sime Darby will face the group champions Sarawak in the quarter finals.


The other Selangor team, PKNS FC continued their impressive run by winning away from home against the other Johor team; Johor Darul Takzim 2-0. Their goals were scored by Reeshafiq Alwi and Roman Chmelo.

Third and fourth-placed T-Team and Felda United faced each other in Kuala Terengganu, and T-Team ended up the winners with a 2-1 scoreline from a Syamim Yahaya brace.

After JDT lost last night's match and T-Team won theirs, both finished the group stage with 9 points, but JDT retain their second place through their superior goal difference. 

PKNS will take on Group C runners up Pahang, whereas JDT will face the group champions Kelantan, a daunting task for the Southern Tigers considering their lack of consistency in the cup.


The group with the most drama taking place last night must surely be Group C. First and second-placed Kelantan and Pahang, who faced each other, went into the match level on 8 points. Third-placed Negeri Sembilan, with 7 points, needed to win against the already-eliminated Terengganu at home.

The game in Kota Bharu saw Kelantan dominating from the start to trounce Pahang 4-0 thanks to a Dickson Nwakaeme hattrick. Until the very last few minutes of the match, it seemed that Pahang would be eliminated, as Negeri had been leading Terengganu 2-1 at Paroi.

However, at Paroi, in the 88th minute Ashaari Samsuddin levelled the match 2-2 for Terengganu, to both ensure Pahang's qualification, and cause heartbreak to the home fans who had been hoping for a better performance from their team in the cup, after they had been relegated to next season's Premier League after a horrendous league season.


Group D teams went into last night's matches with the the least difference in points among all the groups. Sarawak, LionsXII and Perak were tied on seven points, whereas Kedah, despite sitting in bottom, were with six points.

In Kuching, Sarawak ensured their own qualification with style, demolishing Perak 6-1 through a Muamer Salibasic hattrick.

Perak's defeat meant that the second place was up for grabs for either Kedah or the Singaporeans who met in Alor Setar. But Kedah fell at the last hurdle 3-1 in front of their own fans, and LionsXII will follow Sarawak into the quarter finals.


Sime Darby FC 1-1 ATM

Selangor 2-1 Johor 

Johor Darul Takzim 2-0 PKNS FC

T-Team 2-1 Felda United 

Kelantan 4-0 Pahang

Negeri Sembilan 2-2 Terengganu

Kedah 1-3 LionsXII

Sarawak 6-1 Perak

For complete group standings, click here!