FELDA United have the slimmest of leads in their Malaysia Cup semi-final against Johor Darul Ta’zim after recording a 4-3 win in Monday’s first leg.
It was FELDA who took the lead at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium after just seven minutes, when Edward Junior Wilson unleashed a 20-yard strike that deflected off Aidil Zafuan and sailed past Al-Hafiz Hamzah.
Two minutes before halftime, it was 2-0 and once again the hosts benefitted from a wicked deflection as Ahmad Syamim Yahya’s speculative effort flew past a hapless Al-Hafiz.
Darul Ta’zim were able to pull one back eight minutes into the second half, when Jorge Pereyra Diaz broke free inside the box and coolly dispatched his shot into the back of the net.
And although the hosts were reduced to ten men three minutes later after Nasriq Baharom was shown a second yellow, it looked as though they had regained their control on proceedings a minute after the hour mark when Ndumba Makeche saw off a challenge from Fadhli Shas before smashing his shot into the roof of the net.
But again, JDT hit back in the 81st minute and this time it was Luciano Figueroa who provided the spark; meeting Amri Yahyah’s incisive pass with a deft volley into the bottom corner.
A minute from time, the visitors really made the most of their numerical advantage as they remarkably pulled level after Pereyra Diaz skipped past a challenge outside the box, before rifling a shot into the back of the net.
Nonetheless, in the fourth minute of injury-time, FELDA went on to claim the win after Makeche was allowed to advance into the box and sent a perfectly-weighted lob over Al-Hafiz and into the back of the net.
Starting XIs – FELDA United v Johor Darul Ta’zim
FELDA United: Farizal Harun, Nasriq Baharom, Shukor Adan, Hasni Zaidi Jamian, Aizul Ridzuan Razali, Indra Putra Mahayuddin, Shahrulnizam Mustapa, Zah Rahan Krangar, Ahmad Syamim Yahya, Edward Junior Wilson, Ndumba Makeche.
Johor Darul Ta’zim: Al-Hafiz Hamzah, Daudsu Jamaluddin, Aidil Zafuan, Fadhli Shas, Asraruddin Putra Omar, Shakir Shaari, Hariss Harun, Amri Yahyah, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Nazrin Nawi, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.