Sunday, February 21, 2016


Big Spending Penang Humbled By Kuantan

Ok so it looks like a cup competition and it feels like a cup competition but does it have the upsets like a cup competition? The second round of the Malaysia FA Cup was spread over Friday and Saturday and luckily for the old romantics out there, like me, there were one or two results of interest.

Big spending Penang were probably the biggest scalp to fall, losing 3-1 away to second tier Kuantan in an eventful tie. (Game played in Penang). Ahead of the tie all the talk had been about Faiz Subri's wonder free kick but he didn't stick around long enough to repeat the feat as he was replaced after about half an hour by more recognised goalscorer Osas Saha. Still it wasn't until the 80th minute the fans had anything to cheer when Mathias Cordoba gave the Penang support something to cheer about.

Not for long mind. Dao Bakary has started the season on fire and he carried on with his hot streak levelling the tie in the last minute to send the tie into extra time. Four goals followed in the first period but alas and alack for Penang three were for the underdogs with Bakary netting the fourth to finish the tie 4-2 and set up a 3rd Round tie with Perak.

Johor Darul Tazim showed they have no time for the romance of the cup thumping minnows UiTM 5-0 in Shah Alam. Amri Yahyah. Chanturu with two in four minutes, Amirul Hadi and Pereya Diaz finished the route. Kedah were another team with no soppy cup notions as they defeated Mega Murni 8-0 with one time Borussia Monchengladbach striker netting a hat trick along the way.

Selangor were forced to wait by Air Asia, must be a corporate policy (!) before two goals around the hour mark, including one by Liberian striker Patrick Wleh, were enough to ease passage into round three while Pahang were forced to dig deep and come from behind to overcome T Team 2-1.

One other top flight side did succumb to lower opposition as PKNS beat Terangganu 3-1 at Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka. And talking Melaka, they were beaten by Kuala Lumpur on penalties. And given ATM's start to the season does a 3-2 win over Shazan Muda count as an upset? Two extra time goals by Faiz Ibrahim setting up a trip to Sabah in the next round.

3rd Round Draw

Kedah v Kelantan
JDT v Negeri Sembilan
Perak v Kuantan
Perlis v Kuala Lumpur
PKNS v Felda United
Sabah v ATM
Pahang v Sime Darby
PDRM v Selangor

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