It’s no big deal – PKNS coach dismisses Perak’s away goals

Malaysia Super League (MSL) outfit Perak twice cancelled out PKNS’ lead in the FA Cup semi-final to draw 2-2, ensuring there is all to play for in Ipoh at the end of the month.

Bos Gaurus skipper Thiago Junior Aquino headed Hafiz Ramdan’s cross in stoppage time to send the visiting fans into ruptures, some even jumping across the fence to celebrate with the Brazilian at Hang Jebat Stadium.

Winger Nurridzuan Abu Hassan had headed in the first equaliser, cancelling Gabriel Guerra’s 48th minute spot kick.

The stalemate meant Perak have away goals advantage for the second leg on April 30 but as Perak coach Syamsul Saad pointed out, the second-tier side have an attack that can send shivers to most MSL sides. The likes of Guerra, Matias Jadue and Juan Manuel Cobelli again performed in Malacca on Friday.

“I’m glad we managed to cancel their goals. We have away goals but the quality of PKNS’ attack was obvious tonight,” Syamsul told official broadcaster TV9 after the match.

“Fortunately, my players are finally getting their goal scoring boots on after a poor start to the season. We have scored five in the last two matches now, so I’m expecting us to score in the second-leg too.”

Argentines Guerra and Cobelli were a menace to the Perak defence and the latter forced Shahrul Saad into a challenge in the box for a penalty in the 47th minute.

A lapse in defending by Shahrul, allowed Guerra to round rookie custodian Hafizul Hakim Khirul Nizam and Arif Ismail for as simple finish in the 71st minute.

PKNS coach E. Elavarasan insisted the two away goals are not a mountain to climb.

“It’s no big deal. I don’t think we have a heavy task playing away. This was a home match but it was like an away tie in terms of support,” he said.

“We sat back after leading because we knew Perak were going to come at us. We’ll approach the second-leg in a similar manner and make some tweaks as we now know better what Perak has to offer.”

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