PKNS - LionsXII match called off due to heavy rain

The first round Malaysia FA Cup match was called off with the hosts leading 1-0 and after just 38 minutes of play as the weather went from bad to worse
By Khalis Rifhan

The signs were there from the start of the game, dark clouds above and an attacking Selangor PKNS side against LionsXII in the first round of the Malaysian FA Cup.

The hosts took an early lead after Helmi Remeli perfectly timed his jump and head the ball into the back of the net in the third minute of the game but they were unable to savor that for long as the macth was abandoned before the break due to bad weather.

The shock lead by PKNS was not a surprise as the hosts dominated the game after the goal, with Liberian striker Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh dictating play at the attacking third causing trouble for the visitors’ defence. 

Rain soon began to descend heavily at Petaling Jaya stadium, causing the pitch to be waterlogged, making it extremely difficult for the players to play on as the ball refused to move and tackles began flying in.

Shortly after Shahril Ishak blazed a free-kick over the crossbar following a foul on the edge of the penalty box by Fazrul Nawaz, LionsXII coach V.Sundramoorthy forced his way on to the pitch to ask for the match to be stopped.

With the support of his PKNS counterpart, the referee finally called for a halt to the match and the players marched off the field and straight down to the dressing room.

With the rain getting heavier with rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning, the match commissioner finally called the game off some 45 minutes after the halt of play.

The match will now be replayed on January 26 with the score reset to 0-0.