Player Ratings: PKNS 4 Kelantan 1

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K. Rajagobal's PKNS march on in the FA Cup, thumping Kelantan 4-1 in their round three match on Saturday.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


PKNS

Shahril Shaari - 7

The custodian was again dependable and was not troubled much by a very poor Kelantan side, save for the injury-time penalty.

Reuben Kathiripillai - 7

Stuck to his defensive duties for most of the match, and did well enough to stop the visitors' attackers.

Rodney Akwensivie - 7

The centre back paired up well with Azmizi Azmi to keep the Kelantan attackers at bay.

Azmizi Azmi - 7

The experienced defender slotted in adequately for Zac Anderson, who was left out as Malaysian clubs can only field four foreign players in cup matches.

Daniel Ting - 6

Stuck to his defensive duties for most of the match, and did well enough to stop the visitors' attackers. The left back however could have done better to avoid committing the unintentional handball which then led to Kelantan's penalty in injury time, for their only goal of the game.

Jonathan Acosta - 7

The Argentine had a relatively quiet night, save for the assist he provided that led to their third goal.

Mahali Jasuli - 8 (Man of the Match)

Justified the recent Malaysia call-up he received, bagging a goal and an assist, as well as providing a threat on their left flank.

Romel Morales - 7

Did well to help the hosts open the floodgates, by forcing the 20th minute handball by Veenod Subramaniam and subsequently putting away the penalty himself.

Faris Ramli - 6

For some reason he and Mahali switched flanks in the first 30 minutes with the Singapore international playing on the right, as opposed to the left like before. Although he then switched back to the right, he didn't look as threatening as he had in their previous matches

Rafael Ramazotti - 7

The Brazilian scored his second cup goal out of two appearances, but it took awhile to come in the match. Strikers can't be expected to score in every match, but he would have done better for himself had he worked harder to assist his attacking colleagues or to win the ball in midfield.

Substitutions:

Sivakumar a/l Munusamy - NA

Came on for the final 20 minutes for Safee, when PKNS were in the midst of shutting up shop.

Jafri Firdaus - NA

Late change, but should have done more with the chance provided to him by head coach Datuk Rajagobal Krishnasamy.

Nurridzuan Abu Hassan - NA

Brought on as Faris' replacement, the winger did not get to do much.

KELANTAN

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat - 5

The goalkeeper did not help the case for his inclusion in the latest Malaysia call-up, conceding four goals in the match, on top of the one against the same team in their league match last weekend.

Nik Shahrul Azim Halim - 4

Three of PKNS' goals came from deliveries made from Kelantan's right wing, and Shahrul could do little to stop them.

Cássio de Jesus - 4

The Kelantan defence was a shambles and disorganised, and the Brazilian centre back performed very, very poorly.

Farisham Ismail - 4

The centre back was static throughout the match, which did not help the defence's absence of organisation.

Azwan Aripin - 5

Made the fewest mistakes out of all the defenders, which is not saying much.

Veenod Subramaniam - 5

The midfielder had to constantly help his defenders, but it was his handball that led to the 17th-minute penalty, and PKNS' first goal.

Badhri Radzi - 5

The captain did well enough in the first half to provide the ball to the visitors' forwards, but went quiet when the second half started, and was taken off by caretaker coach Yusri Che Lah in the 62nd minute.

Do Dong-hyun - 6

The South Korean worked hard throughout the match, mostly on the left wing, but couldn't do much on a night his attacking teammates were massively underperforming.

Nor Farhan Muhammad - 5

Last weekend in their league match against the same team, the forward introduced some spark into Kelantan's game when he came on as a substitute, but playing as a starter on Saturday he failed to threaten and create any meaningful chances. He was taken off just 10 minutes into the second half.

Bruno Lopes - 5

The Brazilian played poorly in the match.

Mohammed Ghaddar - 6

The striker worked hard throughout the match, but lacked chemistry with Lopes and the other attackers. Netted their only goal; a late penalty following a handball.

Substitutions:

Haikal Nazri - 6

Haikal replaced Farhan, and he was a lot more positive. His perseverance bore fruit somewhat, as it was his delivery that led to Ting's handball and the visitors' penalty goal in injury time.

Nik Akif Syahiran Bin Nik Mat - NA

The Malaysia U19 playmaker came on as a late substitution.

Shafiq Shaharudin - 5

The midfielder came on for Badhri just after the hour mark, and did no better than his captain.

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