Nik Shahrul has been hailed as the Red Warriors hero after his last-ditch clearance in the 89th minute saved his team from losing to Felda United
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Kelantan defender Nik Shahrul Azim has been given immense credit for denying an attempt by Felda United’s Indra Putra in the final minute, during their 3-3 draw in the FA Cup semi-final first leg.
During a highly-intense game, both teams were gunning for the winning goal, but it was former Kelantan hero Indra Putra who found himself in a perfect position to score in front of an empty goal, but his shot was cleared off the line at the very last second by Nik Shahrul, who actually injured himself after rescuing his team.
According to Astro Arena, Nik Shahrul said “I would rather be injured than let my team concede another goal.”
The last-ditch clearance has lifted Nik as hero, after the home team were embarrassed by the Premier League team in the first half, conceding three goals.
Meanwhile Indra Putra said he did not expect Nik Shahrul to prevent the ball from going in, and he was really disappointed that they failed to record their first win at Kota Bharu.
Both teams will face each other once again at the Shah Alam Stadium on the 31st of May for the 2nd leg of the FA Cup semi-final.