Kedah upset JDT to clinch Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup

Kedah beat Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to win the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup 5-4 in the penalty shootout after both teams shared the spoils 1-1 in stipulated time at the Larkin Stadium on Friday. 

Both teams shared a league point as the match also served as the opening match for the new Malaysia Super League season.

JDT, who started with Malaysian international Ahmad Hazwan Bakri leading the front, kept asking questions of Kedah's defence but could not find an opening.

New signing Brian Ferreira won a penalty in the 41st minute, despite replays suggesting the former had tripped on himself rather than being brought down by Syawal Nordin. Safiq duly converted the resulting spot-kick.

Referee Suhaimi Mat Hassan also attracted interest at the other end of the pitch after sending off S. Kunanlan for his last-man tackle on Sandro da Silva seconds before the half-time whistle.

He initially awarded a penalty but decided to consult the linesman after the Larkin crowd voiced their displeasure following the replay of the incident on the big screen at the stadium.

Having a man advantage, Kedah searched for an equaliser and were rewarded when Baddrol Bakhtiar's long-range attempt caught Farizal Marlias by surprise in the 64th minute.

Kedah lifted the Cup 5-4 on penalties after Ferreira's attempt in the shootout was saved by custodian Abdul Hadi Abdul Hamid while the Red Eagles converted all of theirs.