Malaysia Cup Round 3 Review: Giant slayers take centre stage as Darul Takzim fight hard for victory

Selangor and LionsXII fell to defeats again in this round as Johor Darul Takzim continue their winning ways against T-Team

At the halfway point of the Malaysia Cup group stages, the road to the quarterfinals begins. All clubs would have faced all teams in their group and punters can now have a clearer picture of who’s in and who’s out. The biggest losers this round are Selangor and LionsXII, who have yet to find a win so far with two losses and a draw. PKNS and Perak are the other two overachievers after the former etched their third consecutive win and the latter making quick work of the LionsXII.



Selangor were the biggest losers in this Group after they were dumped out by newly promoted Sime Darby FC in the away fixture. The Red Giants lacked ideas that night, conceding two goals in the first half courtesy of a Primorac double and a second half strike from Fazrul.

Johor and ATM fought out arguably the most exciting match of the round to see a 3-3 thriller in Pasir Gudang. Ezaidy’s goal gave the Johor side the one-goal lead into the break. They looked certain to kill the game with another goal in the 48th minute from Farid but the Gladiators fought back red tooth and claw. First from Shukor, then a brace from Marlon gave ATM the lead in the 73rd minute. B. Sathianathan’s side would rue the unnecessary freekick that led to Sime Darby’s equaliser nine minutes from time.

As it stands, Sime Darby sit top of the group with Johor in second. ATM are third while Selangor are disappointingly fourth.



Johor Darul Takzim continued their winning ways after beating Felda United last week, to down T-Team 3-2 in a hard-fought victory. The Southern Tigers took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the second half after Hadin and Safee found the net. T-Team breathed life into their game through Syamim but Norshahrul put the nail in the coffin 15 minutes into the second period. Titans’ Syazwan scored a consolation but it was not enough as JDT take second place in the group.

PKNS are the only team to have a prefect record in the Malaysia Cup thus far after they won their third game in a row against Felda United. A Wleh double - one in either half - saw the Red Ants take pole position in Group B with nine points.



This round’s Group C matches saw all four teams share points with one a piece after Negeri Sembilan and Kelantan fought to a 1-1 draw, much like their counterparts, Pahang and Terengganu. The Red Warriors took the lead in Paroi after Dickson broke the deadlock five minutes from the break but Fabio evened things up in the second period.

It was a bore draw at the Darul Makmur Stadium as both goals came in the first half. Terengganu’s Ashaari opened the scoring eight minutes in while Conti equalised just six minutes later. With the results, Kelantan and Pahang take first and second respectively with five points apiece; only the number of goals conceded. Negeri take third with four points and Terengganu are rooted to the bottom with just one point.



The Malaysian Super League champions continued their dismal cup campaign stringing two defeats in a row. After losing to Sarawak last Saturday, the LionsXII fell to Perak in Ipoh after Azlan poached an early goal. The Singaporean side only have one point and sit at the bottom while Perak go top with seven after that game.

Kedah and Sarawak fought out the other bore draw at the Darul Aman Stadium. The Canaries looked the better of the two sides and were unfortunate to have Baddrol’s goal disallowed after Khyril was flagged for offside even though he wasn’t involved in the play. The Crocs are berthed second and are separated from Kedah by only point - the Green and Yellow remain in third with three points.


Sime Darby 3-0 Selangor

Johor 3-3 ATM

T-Team 2-3 Johor Darul Takzim    

PKNS 2-0 Felda United

Negeri Sembilan 1-1 Kelantan

Pahang 1-1 Terengganu

Kedah 0-0 Sarawak

Perak 1-0 Singapore LionsXII

For complete group standings, click here!