PDRM begin with a bang; Crocs survive Terengganu scare

PDRM kicked off their Malaysia Cup campaign in fine style as they cruised to a 3-0 Group D win over Sime Darby at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.

Maldives international Ali Ashfaq fired the Premier League champions ahead after 16 minutes, before Bobby Gonzales doubled their lead four minutes after the half-hour mark.

And three minutes into the second-half, Ashfaq grabbed his second of the evening from the penalty spot to wrap up the three points for the visitors.

The victory was enough to send the Cops top of their group ahead of Selangor, who beat T-Team 2-1 on Wednesday.

Over in Group B, Sarawak had to fend off a late fight back from Terengganu and claim a 3-2 triumph at the Sarawak State Stadium.

After Ryan Griffiths had handed the hosts a tenth-minute lead from the penalty spot, the Australian struck again a minute after the half-hour mark to make it 2-0.

And when S. Chanturu added a third just before halftime, it looked as though the Crocs were on course to claim a routine victory.

But a minute before the hour mark, Mario Karlovic pulled one back for Terengganu and they reduced the deficit further in the 72nd minute; Zairo Anuar Zalani making no mistake from 12 yards after his side had been awarded a penalty of their own.

Nonetheless, Sarawak managed to hold out for the remainder of the game and hang on to the win.

In Thursday’s other Group B clash, Perak showed their strong finish to the Super League campaign – which ultimately saw them avoid relegation and finish ninth – was no fluke as they beat Kedah 2-1 at the Perak Stadium.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the tenth minute after Abdulafees Abdulsalam slipped a neat pass through to Milan Purovic, who clinically sent a first-time shot from an acute angle into the bottom corner.

However, Kedah pulled level a minute before the break when Syamim Alif won possession just outside the opposition box and advanced on goal, before squaring the ball to the far post for Billy Mehmet to score from close range.

Still, it was Perak who looked the more adventurous of the two teams and they went on to claim the win in the 52nd minute; Purovic doing well to break free from his opponent before playing a lovely ball out left to Hafiz Ramdan, who steadied before lashing a shot into the back of the net.

Thursday’s Malaysia Cup Results

Group B

Perak 2-1 Kedah

Sarawak 3-2 Terengganu

Group D

Sime Darby 0-3 PDRM


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