Christie not giving up on Malaysia Cup final

ATM winger D. Christie Jayaseelan is refusing to concede defeat in his side’s quest to make it to the Malaysia Cup final for the second year running.

The Armed Forces are currently trailing 2-1 to defending champions Kelantan, the very side who beat them in last year’s final, following defeat in last Friday’s semi-final first leg at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.

And although the Red Warriors’ Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium is never an easy venue to go to, given the terrific home support they normally get in Kota Bharu, Christie is confident ATM can still get the result they need on Friday to advance from the last four.

“The second leg has yet to come,” he told The Star. “If we follow the coach’s game plan, we can overturn the deficit and advance to the final for the second consecutive time.

“We are still confident of a win and [progressing] to the final. We have one of the best coaches in the country and he will architect our win.

“It’s always hard to play Kelantan in Kota Bharu.”

Christie was one of ATM’s better players last Friday and scored their only goal of the game, when he skipped around a couple of players on the edge of the box before clinically firing past Khairul Fahmi into the bottom corner.

The 27-year-old does admit he expects closer attention from the Kelantan defenders this time around, but is backing his team-mates to also play their part.

“I think their players will be wary of my game now and I have to find a way to break up their defence,” Christie added.

“I can definitely do better and I intend to do that in the return leg.

“We also have several experienced players like Marlon [Alex James] and Hairuddin [Omar] who can change the game.”

The victor from Friday’s clash will meet the winner of the other last-four tie between Pahang and Sarawak in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on November 3.

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