Malaysia Cup Winners & Losers: PKNS' mighty comeback, Rangel to never play for Kedah
The Malaysia Cup second round saw a galore of goals at the weekend, 34 in particular. There were some mighty comebacks, there was sending offs, and then there were players who simply refused to play.
FourFourTwo recaps some of the biggest winners and losers of the just concluded weekend.
The Red Ants staged one of the biggest comebacks in the domestic season, after coming back from the dead to force a 3-3 draw against Melaka United FA on Saturday.
PKNS were trailing 3-0 to the home side with only three minutes left to play, when they mounted the sensational fightback. Romel Morales got the ball rolling to make it 3-1, before Bruno Matos scored into injury time.
Melaka were shaken and tried to hang on for dear life, but Rafael Ramazotti’s fortuitous deflected header secured the unlikely point for the visitors at the death. This result is another feather in PKNS’ colourful cap this season.
The Brazilian forward is one of the main reasons why Felda United FC comfortably won the Premier League to make an instant return to the Malaysia Super League (MSL) next year.
Fernandes scored 14 league goals to finish as one of the joint second highest scorers in the second division, and he has taken that form to the Malaysia Cup.
Against PDRM FA, Fernandes fired home a 34-minute hattrick to give Felda a thumping 5-0 victory over the Cops to take them top of Group B. If Felda are serious about being dark horses to win this tournament, they will need this forward in scintillating form week in, week out.
No one would have expected to see MIFA above defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) after two matches. But here they are, top of Group C with a 100 percent win record.
After displaying a steely defensive display against JDT to win at Larkin, K. Devan’s men had a rather straightforward 2-0 victory against a struggling Kelantan. MIFA’s Liberian striker Kpeh Sherman was once again on target, with P. Satrunan getting the other goal.
Another victory would all but confirm this Indian-based football club in the quarterfinals. That would mean the world to most of the players in this small, but united squad.