Malaysia Cup Round 5 Review: Pahang destroy Negeri, Kedah seize last-gasp victory

The Tok Gajahs secured a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Negeri in Kuantan, while an injury time strike gave Kedah a valuable win over Perak

In Round 5 of the 2013 Malaysia Cup Terengganu and Selangor have crashed out of the tournament after failing to grab victories in their respective games while ...



As for Group A, Selangor's hopes of making it to the quarter finals officially ended after they were held on a frustrating 1-1 draw against ATM. B. Sathianathan's men took the lead courtesy of Marlon Alex James on the 37th minute. However, the Red Giants did show their intent of fighting back and managed to restore parity through Forkey Doe on the 73rd minute mark. ATM then sat back and defended for the remaining of the game and when the whistle was blown, Selangor's revival hopes came to a crushing end.

Meanwhile, Sime Darby staged an immense comeback to draw 2-2 against Johor last night. The Southern-based side initially took the lead through Farid on the 13th minute, before Izzuan doubled their lead on the 37th minute. That did not deter Sime Darby though as their revival process was launched just before half time. Azmirul pulled one back on the 42nd minute, and when the second half resumed, Fazrul Hazli fired home on the 56th minute to level the game and essentially give Sime Darby one point from this fixture.


Johor Darul Takzim ran out as massive winners against Felda United, as they netted five goals en route to victory. Norshahrul Idlan opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Nurul Azwan Roya then extended their lead in the second half with a decent finish, before a Safiq Rahim penalty made in three for the Southern Tigers. Rudie Ramli pulled one back for Felda on the 74th minute mark only for Hadin to restore Johor DT's two goal lead. The home side kept pushing and got another goal through Rudie Ramli in injury time. But there was still time for Nurul Azwan Roya to net his second goal of the night, which gave Johor DT a 5-2 victory on the day.

PKNS FC also emerged as massive winners after the completed a 5-0 win over T-Team, which booked their spot in the quarter finals. Roman Chmelo broke the duck early on, before Patrick Ronaldinho fired home two goals in quick succession to give the home side a 3-0 lead in the first half. After the break, Chmelo added his second of the night to make it 4-0 for PKNS before Nizad Ayub scored a late goal to ensure that PKNS booked their knockout round spot in style.


Pahang moved one step closer towards qualifying for the knockout stages after they defeated Negeri Sembilan yesterday. The home side dominated proceedings from early on, although both sides failed to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes. After the break, Matias Conti gave Pahang the lead on the 51st minute, before Gopinathan doubled their lead 20 minutes later. Pahang pushed hard and ultimately got their third goal late in the game, courtesy of a terrific free-kick from Azidan Shahrudin.

In Kuala Terengganu, Kelantan accomplished a 3-1 win over the Turtles, bringing them closer towards the quarter finals. Hasmizan Kamarodin's own goal gave the Red Warriors the lead early on, and Indra Putra made it two with a good finish soon after. Ashaari Shamsuddin pulled one back for Terengganu but despite their best efforts, Kelantan ended up netting their third goal of the day via skipper Badri Radzi, thus claiming a crucial win over their East Coast rivals.


In Ipoh, Kedah secured a last-gasp win over Perak to boost their chances of making it for the knockout stages. Both sides had equal amount of chances throughout the game, with the home side even guilty of missing several pivotal opportunities. But credit to the Canaries, as they kept working hard without showing any signs of giving up. Predictably, their efforts paid dividends as Nelson Sam Martin found the back of the net on the 91st minute, to send Kedah fans into raptures.

The LionsXII on the other needed a nothing less than a victory to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive and they did exactly that. In game where Sarawak was mostly quiet, Fazrul Nawaz came off the bench to net the Malaysian Super League champions' only goal at the Jalan Besar Stadium. It was only after the goal when the Crocs awoke from their slumber in the hunt for an equaliser but to no avail. With the victory, the Singaporeans' fate are in their own hands in the final day of the group stage, much like Sarawak, where a win would guarantee their place in the quarterfinals.


ATM 1-1 Selangor

Johor 2-2 Sime Darby

Felda United 2-5 Johor Darul Takzim

PKNS FC 5-0 T-Team

Pahang 3-0 Negeri Sembilan

Terengganu 1-3 Kelantan

Perak 0-1 Kedah

LionsXII 1-0 Sarawak

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