LIONSXII, Pahang book last-four berths in Malaysia FA Cup

LIONSXII are through to the semi-finals of the Malaysia FA Cup after beating Johor Darul Ta’zim II 2-0 on Wednesday to claim a 4-0 aggregate win in their quarter-final tie.

The Singaporean outfit took the lead at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium after 18 minutes when Khairul Nizam was left in acres of space inside the area, and met Khairul Amri’s freekick with a glancing header into the back of the net.

Four minutes after the hour mark, the visitors went on to seal their progress by putting the result beyond doubt; Faris Ramli leading a counterattack before playing a visionary through-ball to find the run of Nazrul Nazari, who advanced on goal before coolly finishing past Afiff Aizad Azman.

Wednesday’s other quarter-final tie saw Pahang book their place in the last four with a 4-2 aggregate triumph over Penang, after both sides had played out a 2-2 draw at the Bandaraya Stadium.

Heading into the tie leading 2-0 from the first leg, Pahang further extended their lead when Dickson Nwakaeme opened the scoring in the sixth minute, before the contest was effectively ended when the Nigerian struck again just five minutes later.

The visitors did however manage to reduce the deficit in the 77th minute through a strike from Hilton Moreira, who popped up once more with three minutes to remaining to level the scores on the night.

Nonetheless, the Brazilian’s efforts did little more than add some respectability to the scoreline as Tok Gajah went on to deservingly move one step closer to the FA Cup final.

The semi-final line-up will now see Kelantan take on Pahang while LIONSXII will meet Terengganu, with the first legs and second legs set to take place on May 8 and 9 and May 15 and 16 respectively.

Wednesday’s Malaysia FA Cup Quarter-final Second Leg Results

Johor Darul Ta’zim II 0-2 LIONSXII (0-4 on aggregate)

Penang 2-2 Pahang (2-4 on aggregate)

Kelantan, Terengganu advance to Malaysia FA Cup semis

Kelantan gave their fans some much-needed cheer on Tuesday evening after beating Sime Darby 3-0 to advance from the quarter-finals of the Malaysia FA Cup with a 4-1 aggregate win.

Talismanic skipper Badhri Radzi handed the hosts the lead at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium four minutes before the break when he converted from the penalty spot, before Austin Amutu made it 2-0 with a fine individual strike two minutes before the hour mark.

And any hopes Sime Darby had of mounting a late fightback were extinguished in the 74th minute when Erwin Carrillo made it 3-0, sealing his side’s progress to the semi-finals in the process.

The result means Kelantan remain in contention to win silverware this season, which comes as a massive respite given their disappointing form in the Malaysia Super League.

Just eight matches into the league campaign, the Red Warriors are currently third from bottom and are already ten points behind leaders Selangor, having won just one match so far this season.

In Tuesday’s other match, Terengganu also booked their place in the semis as a 2-0 triumph over Perak at the Perak Stadium handed them a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Paulo Rangel fired the Turtles in front when he netted his second goal in as many games in the 22nd minute, and the result was effectively put beyond doubt as Issey Nakajima-Farran opened his account for the club ten minutes after halftime to double their advantage.

The last four will be completed on Wednesday with the conclusion of the other two quarter-final ties, as Pahang visit Penang with a two-goal cushion, while Johor Darul Ta’zim will be looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg against LIONSXII.

Tuesday’s Malaysia FA Cup Quarter-final Second Leg Results

Kelantan 3-0 Sime Darby (4-1 on aggregate)

Perak 0-2 Terengganu (1-3 on aggregate)

LIONSXII defeat JDT II to claim FA Cup quarter-final lead

LIONSXII put one foot into the last four of the Malaysia FA Cup after claiming a 2-0 win over Johor Darul Ta’zim II in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.

It took the Singaporean outfit just four minutes to open the scoring at the Jalan Besar Stadium when he produced a lovely turn to break free inside the box, before rifling a shot past Anis Faron.

JDT II were then dealt a real blow in the 81st minute when centre-back Baihakki Khaizan, returning to play against his former club, was sent off for a second bookable offence.

And in the second minute of injury-time, the LIONSXII wrapped up the win when Gabriel Quak did well to win possession on the edge of the opponents’ penalty area; Christopher van Huizen pouncing on the loose ball and curling a peach of a strike into the far corner.

Both sides will meet again on April 22 with the victor set to play off against the winner of the tie between Terengganu and Perak in the semi-finals.

LIONSXII: Izwan Mahbud, Faritz Hameed, Madhu Mohana, Zulfahmi Arifin, Hafiz Abu Sujad, Gabriel Quak, Izzdin Shafiq, Firdaus Kasman (Raihan Rahman 52’), Faris Ramli (Christopher van Huizen 72’), Khairul Nizam, Khairul Amri (Sahil Suhaimi 41’).

Johor Darul Ta’zim II: Anis Faron, Che Rashid Che Halim, Izuan Jarudin (Ramzi Haziq 65’), Baihakki Khaizan, Fazly Mazlan, Nicolas Delmonte, Akram Mahinan, Zaquan Adha (Akmal Ishak 77’), Leandro Velazquez, Syafuan Riduwan, Shahril Ishak (Alif Yusof 90’).

Pahang claim FA Cup advantage; Terengganu force late draw

Pahang moved one step closer to the last four of the Malaysia FA Cup after recording a 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie with Penang on Tuesday.

Tok Gajah got off to a dream start at the Darulmakmur Stadium when Hafiz Kamal fired them ahead after nine minutes, latching onto R. Gopinathan’s cut-back and smashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Just five minutes later, Dickson Nwakaeme added a second for the hosts when he was left with a simple tap-in after Hafiz’s freekick had come back off the post, which was enough to seal the win for his side.

Over at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Terengganu produced a spirited fightback to force a 1-1 draw against Perak, despite playing over half an hour with ten men.

It was Perak who drew first blood on the stroke of halftime through a Zubir Azmi own-goal, and things got from bad to worse for the hosts in the 57th minute when Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri was issued his marching orders.

But deep into injury-time, the Turtles were awarded a penalty after Paulo Rangel had been fouled inside the area by Idris Ahmad, and the Brazilian made no mistake in converting from the spot to prevent his side from falling to a costly home defeat.

Finally, there was also no separating Sime Darby and Kelantan as both sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.

Erwin Carillo had put the Red Warriors ahead when he found the back of the net just before the break, but right on the stroke of halftime, Nemanja Vidakovic equalised for Sime Darby – ensuring there will be plenty still to play for when they meet in the return encounter on April 21.

 Tuesday’s Malaysia FA Cup Quarter-final First Leg Results

Pahang 2-0 Penang

Sime Darby 1-1 Kelantan

Terengganu 1-1 Perak

LIONSXII hit SPA for four; Pahang through to quarters

LIONSXII booked their place in the Malaysia FA Cup quarter-finals in emphatic fashion on Saturday after recording a 4-0 Round of 16 win over SPA FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Madhu Mohana got the hosts on their way in the 17th minute when he was picked out unmarked inside the area by Gabriel Quak’s excellent corner, and he made no mistake in sending a fierce volley into the back of the net.

Three minutes before the half-hour mark, they doubled their tally after Khairul Amri turned Aslam Haja Najmudeen, before firing away a deflected shot from a tight angle that looped over Mahathir Mohammad and into the far corner.

The LIONSXII then put the result beyond doubt in the 58th minute when they benefitted from another deflection; Quak latching onto Firdaus Kasman’s neat layoff and cutting onto his left foot before his shot spun off a defender and sailed over a hapless Mahathir.

And just for good measure, the Singaporean outfit added a fourth with six minutes remaining after searching freekick by Izzdin Shafiq to the back post found Amri, who made no mistake in deftly placing his shot through Mahathir’s legs.

With the result, the LIONSXII set up a reunion with former heroes Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan in what is already shaping up to be an enticing last-eight clash with Johor Darul Ta’zim II.

In Saturday’s other Round of 16 clash, Pahang toiled to a 2-1 win over MISC-MIFA at the Darulmakmur Stadium and will now meet Penang in the next round.

Gopinathan and Fauzi Roslan netted second-half goals that were ultimately enough to win it for Tok Gajah, although the visitors did manage to grab an injury-time consolation through a strike from S. Harivarman.

Saturday’s Malaysia FA Cup Round of 16 Results

LIONSXII 4-0 SPA FC

Pahang 2-1 MISC-MIFA

Terengganu come from behind to boot Selangor out of FA Cup

Terengganu are through to the quarter-finals of the Malaysia FA Cup after coming from behind to claim a 3-1 extra-time win over Selangor on Wednesday evening.

It was the Red Giants who broke the deadlock in the Round of 16 clash at the Shah Alam Stadium in the 21st minute, when Guilherme broke free inside the box and met a freekick with a deft header into the bottom corner.

But just when it looked like it was Selangor who were headed into the last eight, Vincent Bikana equalised in the 89th minute with his second goal in as many games to force extra-time.

Then, it was the Turtles who took the lead after opposition centre-back Robert Cornthwaite netted an own-goal the 104th minute, before Zairo Anuar Zalani struck right at the end to seal the win for his side.

The result means Terengganu are through to a quarter-final tie against fellow Super League outfit Perak, and remain on course to winning a third FA Cup following their successes in 2000 and 2011.

Kelantan through to quarters; PDRM stunned by Sime Darby

Kelantan are through to the Malaysia FA Cup quarter-finals after beating Kuala Lumpur 1-0 in the Tuesday’s Round of 16 clash at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Wan Zack Haikal provided the Red Warriors with the breakthrough when he netted in the 66th minute, which ultimately proved enough for the victory.

Next up for Kelantan will be Sime Darby, who put aside their woes in the Malaysia Super League by claiming a shock 4-2 win over PDRM at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.

It was the Cops who got off to a dream start when Dramane Traore fired them in front in the opening minute, but Dilshod Sharofetdinov grabbed the equaliser a minute before halftime.

Ivan Dragicevic then put the visitors in front with a goal in the 48th minute, although this time it was PDRM’s turn to pull level when Mamadou Sumareh scored five minutes after the hour mark.

Nonetheless, Sime Darby continued to press forward and reclaimed the advantage in the 76th minute through a strike from Nemanja Vidakovic, who scored again four minutes later to seal his side’s place in the last eight.

Johor Darul Ta’zim II also advanced to the quarters after Akram Mahinan found the back of the net two minutes from time to hand his side a 1-0 triumph over Kedah at the Darulmakmur Stadium.

Over at the Perak Stadium, Perak came from behind to defeat T-Team 2-1 in a heated clash that saw both sides reduced to ten men.

Although Farhod Tadjiyev had opened the scoring for T-Team after 15 minutes, the hosts took just two minutes to level the scores through a Woong Nam-kung effort.

And two minutes after the half-hour mark, Woong struck again to hand his side the win and book their berth in the quarters.

There was also similar joy for Penang after they claimed a come-from-behind 2-1 win over fellow Malaysia Premier League outfit NS Matrix at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium.

The hosts started strongly when Shahrizal Saad fired them ahead after three minutes, only for Beto to equalise for the Panthers nine minutes later.

It then looked as though extra-time – and perhaps penalties – would be needed to separate the sides, but Lee Kil-hoon found the winner in the 80th minute to send his side through.

Tuesday’s Malaysia FA Cup Round of 16 Results

Kelantan 1-0 Kuala Lumpur

Kedah 0-1 Johor Darul Ta’zim II

Perak 2-1 T-Team

Sime Darby 4-2 PDRM

NS Matrix 1-2 Penang