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September 28, 2013 7:45 PM SGT
Jalan Besar Stadium — Singapore
Referee:‬ Nagor Amir‎
 
40′ Madhu Mohana
 
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Madhu heads LionsXII to victory

The defender struck the winner in the first leg of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final game to give them a slim advantage ahead of the return tie

By Teng Kiat

Madhu Mohaha mobbed LionsXII 09282013
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The LionsXII notched a third successive home win in the Malaysia Cup on Saturday night as they beat ATM FA 1-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final, although they probably should have won by more.

A late first-half header from right-back Madhu Mohana put the Malaysian Super League champions in the driving seat ahead of next Friday’s second leg, although their numerous missed chances could come back to haunt them.

The red-clad home side started like a runaway train as they put the visitors under intense pressure right from the first whistle.

A series of corners was forced, albeit to no avail, with Madhu, Safuwan Baharudin and Hafiz Sujad all planting headers wide.

It took them until the 17th minute to get their first shot on target though, Hariss Harun hitting a headed clearance from 25 yards that Farizal Harun did well to clutch on to. Four minutes later, Shahril Ishak saw his controlled half-volley from a similar distance sail over the bar.

ATM were clearly content to sit back and disrupt the flow of the match as they took their time is getting takers over for set-pieces, even if it meant their opponents controlled possession.

But the constant bombardment from the LionsXII finally paid off at their seventh corner of the game in the 40th minute.

Shahfiq Ghani swung in a perfect delivery into the box for an incoming Madhu to guide a header into the far post, despite the best efforts of Bruno Martelotto to keep it out.

That was the score at half-time, but it could have been two for the LionsXII just two minutes after the restart as Hafiz Sujad struck a dipping shot that cleared the bar by inches.

Hariss Harun then had a decent opportunity in the 54th minute when he turned well in the box, but could only poke the ball wide of the near post under pressure.

The LionsXII spurned yet another opportunity just past the hour mark when Shahfiq peeled away to the left in the box to receive Shahril’s neat pass, but dragged his shot wide.

The striker then failed to get his header on target after Hariss had done superbly to guide Shakir Hamzah’s centre back across goal, with Shahril failing to get a decisive touch as well.

ATM could have made them pay in the 69th minute when Christie Jayaselan steamed through on goal, only to place his effort wide as Izwan rushed out. A minute later, the LionsXII custodian did superbly to tip over Marlon James’s deflected effort.

At the other end, Farizal did likewise to stop Shahfiq’s free-kick from the right byline from dropping into the top corner, as the LionsXII sought to extend their lead.

It wasn’t turning out to be a good night for Shahfiq as he fluffed yet another chance in the 82nd minute, completely missing his attempt to volley Nazrul Nazari’s pinpoint cross.

Substitute Faris Ramli then powered a header past the wrong side of the post from Shahfiq’s excellent searching ball, as a second goal continued to prove elusive.

With ATM not looking particularly keen on grabbing a goal back, the 1-0 scoreline remained until the final whistle as the LionsXII gave themselves a slim advantage to take to Selangor.


LionsXII

1
Izwan Mahbud
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Shakir Hamzah
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
5
 - 
6
Madhu Mohana
Defender
40′ 78′
 - 
8
Hafiz Sujad
Midfielder
42′
 - 
14
Hariss Harun
Midfielder
16′
 - 
17
Shahril Ishak
Midfielder
78′
 - 
4
Isa Halim
Midfielder
 - 
11
Nazrul Nazari
Midfielder
 - 
26
Shahfiq Ghani
Striker
40′ 47′ 88′
 - 

ATM FA

 - 
-
 - 
21
 - 
24
 - 
2
K. Reuben
Defender
6′
 - 
23
 - 
10
 - 
18
Fitree Omar
Midfielder
16′
 - 
19
 - 
9
 - 
20

Substitutes

18
 - 
19
Irwan Shah
Defender
 - 
17
Faris Ramli
Midfielder
78′
 - 
13
 - 
9
Faritz Hameed
Midfielder
78′
 - 
17
Fazrul Nawaz
Midfielder
88′
 - 
23
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
A. Varathan
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
8
Affize Faisal
Midfielder
68′
 - 
1
 - 
17
 - 
-
N. Yusoff
Striker
 - 
3

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Results
First leg
Times In SGT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Matías Conti Matías Conti
Striker
Pahang
7 1
Marlon Alex James Marlon Alex James
Striker
ATM
5 0
Badhri Radzi Badhri Radzi
Midfielder
Kelantan
4 0
Alen Guć Alen Guć
Striker
3 1
Nor Farhan Muhammad Nor Farhan Muhammad
Striker
Terengganu
3 0