Favourites respond with wins; Perak get stunned at home

Kelantan and Lions XII get back to winning ways with home victories as Felda United provide the most shocking result of the day in Ipoh

Group A

Lions XII recorded their first win of the competition when they comfortably beat Klang Valley club side PKNS FC, 3-1, in front of their own fans at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The visitors took a shock lead in the 7th minute when Fazli Baharudin coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, but the home side bounced back and were 2-1 up by the 20th minute with goals from Khairul Amri and Shaiful Esah. Captain Shahril Ishak put the icing on the cake with the third goal on 47 minutes.

The southern derby between Johor and Johor FC ended in favour of the latter when they emerged 2-1 winners in Larkin. Shahrizal Saad gave Johor FC the lead before Muriel Orlando equalized for Johor. Brazilian Arthuro grabbed the winner in the 69th minute.

Group B

Kelantan rebounded from their midweek defeat at the hands of Terengganu when they narrowly edged Kedah 2-1 in Kota Bharu. A brace from on-loan Afiq Azmi handed all three points to The Red Warriors after Khyril Muhymeen Zambri had stunned the home crowd with a 4th minute goal.

In Selayang, ATM registered their second win in as many games when they defeated Terengganu 2-1. Returning Marlon Alex James put them ahead in the 31st minute and doubled their lead with yet another goal, 16 minutes from time. Terengganu pulled one back via Joseph Kalang Tie two minutes later but the home side held on for full points.

Group C

Defending champions Negeri Sembilan sent out a strong message to the rest of the teams in the competition, with a resounding 4-0 win over Sime Darby FC in Paroi. Negeri’s Cameroonian ace, Jean Effa Owona led the way with a hat-trick while their other goal came from Khairul Izuan Abdullah, who is on-loan from Police.

Perak meanwhile, succumbed to an astonishing 4-2 defeat to Felda United at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh. The visiting club side left the home fans dumbfounded when they raced to a 3-0 first half lead courtesy of goals from Mickael Curier, Nasir Fasiron (o.g) and Ahmad Fakri Saarani. Michal Kubala then missed a penalty for The Seladangs before Nazri Kamal pulled a goal back. Felda however restored their three-goal lead through Mohd Raimi’s free-kick in the 67th minute. Nazri then grabbed his second of the match in injury time.

Group D

At the Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor were left waiting for their first win after only managing a 2-2 draw with Pahang. The visitors went ahead twice through Maycon and Fauzi Roslan but The Red Giants came back each time thanks to Safiq Rahim and Bosko Balaban.

Elsewhere, Borneo side Sarawak remained unbeaten as they went to Kuala Terengganu and eked out a point from their goalless draw with the hosts, T-Team.