Malaysian FA Cup Wrap: Double joy for East Coast

Kelantan and Terengganu recorded resounding second-leg victories to book their semi-final spots in the Malaysian FA Cup.

East Coast sides Kelantan and Terengganu both overcame a first-leg 1-1 draw to book a coveted spot in the semi-finals, as the Red Warriors won 3-0 against Sime Darby to make it 4-1 on aggregate, while the Turtles beat Perak 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Terengganu travelled to the Perak Stadium knowing an early goal would be vital to set them on the right path but was served a scare when a 14th minute header by the Bos Gaurus’ Charles Souza bounced off the post and into the grateful hands of Sharbinee Allawee.

Having survived the scare, Terengganu made them pay seven minutes later when Perak’s defence couldn’t deal with a long ball which fell kindly for Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, who controlled the ball and played a delicate lob into the middle of the box for Paulo Rangel to head home.

Norshahrul was unlucky not to score his first goal for Terengganu in the 48th minute as his attempt only found the post after deflecting off a Perak defender.

Seven minutes later, Canadian-Japanese import Issey Nakajima-Farran, made it 2-0 to the Turtles after being put through by Gustavo Lopez.

Perak attempted to get back into the tie, but Sharbinee was outstanding to prevent Souza and James Horace from scoring, thus helping Terengganu march into the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, Kelantan put their poor Super League form aside and beat Sime Darby to bring some cheer to the Red Warriors’ faithful.

Both teams traded punches but neither was able to deliver the killer blow until the 40th minute, when Kelantan was awarded a penalty following Ivan Dragicevic’s rash tackle on Badhri Radzi, who smashed the ball into the top left corner from the spot to make it 1-0 on the night.

Kelantan’s Austin Amutu made it 2-0 in the 58th minute as he latched onto a loose ball off team-mate Gilmar Jose Da Silva Filho and beat Kamarul Effendi at the near post for his second goal in as many games for the East Coast side.

Erwin Carillo then made sure of Kelantan’s spot in the semi-finals in the 74th minute when his long-range effort sailed into Sime Darby’s goal.

Kelantan will now wait to see whether they will face Penang or Pahang in the semi-finals while Terengganu await the victors of the match between Johor Darul Ta’zim II and the LionsXII.