JDT win first FA Cup

The Southern Tigers came from a goal behind to win their first domestic Cup. It was also the first time a club lifted the trophy in Malaysia's state-based football.

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) defeated second-tier PKNS 2-1 to ensure their names were carved on the FA Cup at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
 
Jorge Pereyra Diaz was the hero of the day after playing a hand in both of the club's goals after the Southern Tigers were stunned by Gabriel Guerra's penalty just six minutes into the match.
 
JDT had the backing of the crowd, who were mostly clad in the blue of the Southern Tigers, but PKNS appeared unfazed as they took the game their more superior opponents, and were almost rewarded barely two minutes into the match as Guerra's lob over Izham Tarmizi Roslan struck the crossbar.
 
Three minutes later, Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak was judged to have pulled Gonzalo Sato in the box and referee Syed Azhar Kamar pointed straight to the spot. Guerra stepped up and gave Izham no chance of making the save after his shot struck the underside of the bar on its way in in the sixth minute
 
Club and country skipper Safiq Rahim converted a penalty at the other end ten minutes after custodian G. Jeevanathan brought Diaz down in the box.
 
Safiq later returned the favour after a quick free-kick caught PKNS' defence off guard in the 35th minute. Diaz's first shot was saved by Jeevanathan but the rebound struck former JDT (previously Johor FC) player M. Sivakumar's back and went in for a goal.
 
The second-half was all JDT but PKNS held on with hope of snatching an equaliser on the break. The goal never came as celebrations ensued after the final whistle.
 
The win guarantees JDT participation in the AFC Cup for the third year running next season.
 

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