Johor were left to feel hard done by after getting knocked-out of the competition following the goalless draw between LionsXII and Johor FC in Singapore, despite beating PKNS FC 2-0 in Larkin. Two superb individual goals by Argentine Ariel Murlando gave the Southern Tigers all three points but it all came to no avail at the end of the day with the result across the causeway.
Kelantan joined ATM in marching into the quarter-finals with a thumping 6-1 win over neighbours Terengganu in Kota Bharu. Captain Badri Radzi and Norfarhan Muhammad scored a brace each while Afiq Azmi and Indra Putra Mahayuddin chipped in with the other goals to round-off a perfect night for The Red Warriors.
In Selayang, The Gladiators missed out on the top spot in the group after allowing Kedah to claw their way back into the game after squandering a two goal lead. Former Canary Marlon Alex James and Argentinian Bruno Sebastian Martelotto put the home team ahead before the northern outfit replied through Abdulfatah Safi and Faizal Abu Bakar.
Perak’s first win (2-1) of the competition over Sime Darby FC in Ipoh meant defending champions Negeri Sembilan finished top of the group, although they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Felda United. Farderin Kadir put the visitors ahead but Jean Effa Owona came to The Deers’ rescue, as always, with an equaliser 13 minutes from time.
Record winners Selangor sneaked ahead of Pahang into first place after two Amri Yahyah goals helped them record a 2-0 win over Sarawak at the Shah Alam Stadium. Over in Kuala Terengganu, The Elephants were left kicking themselves after letting a two-goal lead slip, in the 3-2 defeat to T-Team.
Below are the quarter-final fixtures:
Pahang v LionsXII
ATM v Negeri Sembilan
Felda United v Kelantan
Johor FC v Selangor