Terengganu 1-3 Kelantan: Powerless Turtles overrun by the Red Warriors

Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Badhri Radzi put Kelantan one step ahead in their hunt for a quarterfinal berth after they both netted one each to down Terengganu 3-1

Terengganu started off aggressive, attacking Khairul Fahmi’s goal at the back with Manaf Mamat the first one to try his luck and miss the target. Later, Effa Owona's great footwork opened up space for Manaf to strike again but it lacked power to beat the national custodian.

In 13th minute, Owona got his golden chance to put the Turtles ahead when he met Vincent Bikana's long ball to strike a powerful shot, but Khairul Fahmi did well to spring into action, denying the big man.

It was a while before Kelantan managed to slowly ease into the tempo of the match. The Red Warriors built up several attacking movements through Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Nor Farhan on the flanks but most of them were thwarted by Terengganu defenders.

Kelantan then took the lead when Hasmizan put the ball into his own net. Fakri Saarani’s low cross was intercepted by Hasmizan, but he couldn't direct the ball anywhere but towards his own net.

Indra got his chance to put his name on the scoresheet, when he received a quick lob pass from Badhri Radzi to strike but his effort that looked destined for the back of the net was blocked by Bikana.

Terengganu then found the equaliser through an Owona freekick. His shot went in but the linesman caught Puaneswaran offside even though he was not involved in the play. The goal was disallowed.

This created a ruckus amongst the home fans which forced the referee to stop the match for a few minutes. Despite all the objections, the official stuck with his decision and the game resumed.

The rest of the first period saw the visitors dominate proceedings via the midfield partnership of Badhri and Zairo Anuar. However, they failed to capitalise on their possession and ended the half with a slender 1-0 lead.

The second half started exactly like the first with Terengganu gunning for goals from the get-go. Ashaari Shamsuduin made a steaming run on the right flank and crossed to Khairan Izuan to shoot but yet again, the Turtles lacked the cutting edge upfront.

Against the run of play and after several wasted chances from Terengganu, Kelantan doubled their lead through Indra. Obinna's clearance found Badhri who then followed it up with a trademark long pass for the evergreen striker to head home.

On the 60-minute mark, after the home fans caused another disruption, Indra again, had the chance to score but this time, Sharmiza acted swiftly to punch the ball out.

Zubir Azmi, who was still in the winning mood after he helping Harimau Muda to lift Merdeka Cup last week, played well. His spurts in attacking movements were relentless. At one point, he managed to create an opportunity for Khairul Ramadhan to strike but the wall in Obinna was in the way.

Ashaari then gave a glimmer hope for the home side when they pulled one back for the Turtles. Off a poor clearance, the ball fell nicely for him to volley home to make it 2-1.

Terengganu were in control for the next few minutes as they bombarded Khairul Fahmi's goal but to no avail. The Malaysia No.1 was in solid form that saw him keep out Ashaari and co.

The Red Warriors then dealt the killer blow deep in the second period. Dickson Nwakaeme used his pace and trickery to beat Bikana with ease to set up Badhri for a simple tap-in to give his side the two-goal cushion.

With the result, Kelantan take over the helm at the top of Group C followed by Pahang and Negeri Sembilan who played to a 3-0 scoreline in favour of the Tok Gajah. Terengganu are condemned to the bottom of the Group of Death.

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