Malaysia Cup Round 2 Review: Sarawak impress at home, while Selangor stutter again

Round 2 saw the Crocs prevailed in the battle of the champions while the Red Giants continue their faltering form


ATM bounced back from their opening day jitters by securing a morale boosting win over Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium yesterday. The match was essentially a close battle, but three goals from Hairuddin Omar, Fitri Omar and Christie Jayaseelan were more than enough for them to prevail over Selangor, who got their goals via Amri Yahya and S. Kunanlan.

In the other Group A match, Johor FA surprised many with a comeback victory over Sime Darby in Selayang. Sime Darby initially got the ball rolling via Karlo Primorac, before Khairul Ismail restored parity in the 25th minute. However five minutes later, Khairul was sent off for handball offence but despite that, Ridwan Moya netted the winning goal early in the second half to give Johor a crucial win.


Johor Darul Takzim got their campaign on the road, after a frustrating opening day loss to PKNS FC, by closing a vital win over Felda United in Larkin. Both teams worked hard to contain each other but Safee Sali's solitary goal on the 72nd minute allowed the Southern Tigers to notch their first win of the tournament.

PKNS FC continued to show why they are a team to be feared as they defeated T-Team to maintain their 100% record in the tournament. PKNS largely dominated proceedings in Kuala Terengganu but T-Team's resilience meant that the visiting side had to work harder during the game. Ultimately Roman Chemelo scored to give PKNS their second win in two matches, which places them comfortably at the top of the Group B table now.


Meanwhile in Group C, Kelantan got their mission back on track after beating Terengganu comfortably in Kota Bharu. The Red Warriors controlled the tempo of the match and dictated possession mainly in the second half. The opening goal was netted by Dickson Nwakaeme early in the first half, and although they had a plethora of opportunities during the game, Zairo's second half strike consolidated a comfortable win over their East Coast rivals.

In Paroi, there was a testament as to why Malaysian football is never a boring platform. Both Negeri Sembilan and Pahang battled out an eight goal thriller, which saw the Tok Gajahs emerging as 5-3 victors.The away side were the better team for most of the game, and were leading 4-1 at one point, courtesy of goals from Azamuddin Akil, Matias Conti and two from Amirulhadi Zainal. However, the home side bounced back with Sivanesan completed his hat-rick netting two more goals, having already scored one prior to that, although Amirulhadi Zainal fired home late in the game to prevent any further comeback from the Deers.


In Kuching, Malaysia Premier League champions, Sarawak FA won a closely contested match against Malaysia Super League Champions, LionsXII. The Crocs opened the scoring early on the first half via an own goal from Shakir Hamzah and while LionsXII pushed hard, Sarawak went on to double their lead through a Joseph Kalang Tie penalty in the 71st minute. V. Sundramoorthy's men kept pushing on the offensive and Safuwan Baharuddin pulled one back five minutes later. This ensured a nervy 15 minutes for the home side, although they did survive the scare to secure a magnificent result at home.

Meanwhile, Perak wasted their opportunity of maintaining their 100% record, when they succumbed to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium. Khairul Asyraf opened the scoring for the Seladangs in the 58th minute and they looked on course for a decent win against the Canaries. However, a mistake from the Perak defence led to them conceding a penalty in the 90th minute. Alen Guc stepped up and although his initial attempt was saved, he was alert enough to fire home the rebound to secure a vital point for Kedah.


Selangor 2-3 ATM

Sime Darby 1-2 Johor

T-Team 0-1 PKNS FC

Darul Takzim 1-0 Felda United

Kelantan 2-0 Terengganu

Negeri Sembilan 3-5 Pahang

Sarawak 2-1 LionsXII

Kedah 1-1 Perak

For complete group standings, click here!