FourFourTwo Player Ratings: Johor Darul Ta'zim II 0 LionsXII 2

Who impressed as the LionsXII progressed to the semi-finals of the Malaysia FA Cup at JDT II's expense? Gary Koh marks his scorecard...

Izwan Mahbud 8

The national goalkeeper was rarely called into serious action as he spent much of the evening collecting crosses and making routine interceptions in his own area. He had to be alert shortly after the break to preserve his side’s clean sheet in this FA Cup campaign when he had to pull off a superb save to deny fellow Singapore international Shahril Ishak.

Hafiz Abu Sujad 6.5

While Hafiz did enough to stay on the pitch for the entire game, he could count himself fortunate that his weaknesses in pace and positioning at left-back did not result in a goal for the hosts. Caught out a few times in the hour, he made up for it early in the second half with a vital clearance to deny Johor a goal following a goalmouth scramble following a corner kick.

Zulfahmi Arifin 7

The defender wised up and put in a no-frills display alongside Madhu Mohana at the back. Zulfahmi showed little hesitancy as he made routine clearances and interceptions. He covered his ground well to contain the Johor forwards.

Madhu Mohana 7

A dependable showing from the centre-back as he kept the likes of Shahril and Shahfiq Shahrudin quiet throughout the evening. He didn't put a foot wrong defensively and came close at the other end with a volley a striker would be proud of had it found the back of the net instead of going over early in the game.

Nazrul Nazari 8.5

Nazrul's quickness of feet and mind ensured Goran Paulic’s men barely had a sniff on his flank all evening. The composure he showed as a right-back was complemented with his speed, which he used to devastating effect as he latched onto a Faris Ramli through pass to calmly score the second and final goal of the evening.

Faris Ramli 7.5

While Faris was once again the LionsXII's chief tormentor on the flanks with his dribbles cutting into the box, it was the winger's weighted pass down the middle to set up Nazrul Nazari for LionsXII’s second goal of the evening. A good showing hampered by moments of individualism where he could have done better passing to teammates who were in a better position to take a shot at goal.

Izzdin Shafiq 7

Another solid showing from the stocky midfielder, who made more of a nuisance of his himself in the middle of the park to play his part in preserving his team’s perfect clean sheet in the FA Cup. He worked hard in tandem with Firdaus to ensure the battle in midfield was won, as he never let up in going for the ball.

Firdaus Kasman 7

After his poor showing away at Shah Alam, the central midfielder redeemed himself with a hardworking display in the middle of the park. While he was occasionally unfortunate to be at the wrong end of a couple of dubious fouls, his dynamism helped ensure the team would extend their overall advantage in the second leg.

Syafiq Zainal 6.5

A surprise starter in right midfield, the versatile attacker showed defensive discipline to keep his opponents on his flank quiet. He was not as effective contributing to his colleagues going forward as a lack of match sharpness showed each time he had the ball.

Khairul Amri 7

A tireless presence in the final third, Amri's willingness to work for the team saw him hold up the ball and take a few brutal challenges by his opponents. It was his clever free kick that found its way into the net via a quick glance from Khairul Nizam inside the box for the first goal of the evening.

Khairul Nizam 7

The powerful forward had a fruitful outing up front as he used his physical frame to cause plenty of discomfort for the opposition defenders. Nizam showed quick reflexes to launch a diving header to glance his half-brother’s free kick into the net for the opening goal.

Substitutes

Christopher van Huizen 6.5

Another decent cameo for the wide midfielder as he clocked some valuable minutes wide on the left. He had a couple of good through balls to thread past the static Johor defence in the final third.

Isa Halim 6

In his first competitive game in more than a game, the club skipper had a decent outing in defensive midfield. His pace remained slightly off but he was helped by Johor’s struggles to find a way past the massed blue shirts.

Sahil Suhaimi N/A

There was too little time for the nippy forward to make much of an impact, especially since the game was won by the time he entered the fray.

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