Malaysia Cup Recap: Mighty Kedah stun Terengganu
Kedah, led by the irrepressible Sandro da Silva, produced a magnificent performance that earned the Red Hawks a 5-0 win over Terengganu.
Sandro bagged the match ball with his hattrick, with all his goals finished emphatically via his trusty right foot.
The Turtles’ cause wasn't helped by a lack of discipline from Norshahrul Idlan, who joined compatriot Hafizal Mohamad in earning a straight red card.
The LionsXII kept pace with Kedah too after a hard fought 2-1 win against Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II.
Fandi Ahmad’s boys needed a last minute header from Safuwan Baharudin to earn all three points after Nicolas Delmonte’s penalty had earlier cancelled out his 23rd minute opening goal.
JDT once again found themselves playing with 10 men after their exertions against South China earlier this week, but came away with a vital 3-2 win over ATM.
Marcos Antonio, Mahali Jasuli and Safiq Rahim had put the visitors into a comfortable lead but ATM launched a spirited comeback and only just failed to find the equaliser.
Abdulafees Abdulsalam made no mistake from the spot for the first goal in his brace, but his second effort came in injury time as ATM left it all too late.
JDT substitute Amer Saidin was sent off in the dying minutes of the match but it would have no bearing on the final result.
In the group’s other match, a solitary Bobby Gonzales goal against his former team, Sarawak, was enough to give Perak their first win of the campaign.
This leaves ATM as the only side still without a point in the group.
At Kuala Terengganu, Selangor redeemed themselves after the opening game stumble against Kelantan with a tough win against T-Team.
Guilherme de Paula’s lone goal in the second half proved to be the enough to separate the sides.
In a match played on Friday night, Kelantan failed to make the most of home advantage as they allowed Felda United to grab to a 1-1 draw.
Gilmar Filho pounced on a rebound to open the scoring but Syamim Yahya’s effort ensured Felda didn't go home empty handed.
Fans at Shah Alam Stadium got their money's worth as PDRM and Penang exchanged the lead several times before settling for an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Shahurain Abu Samah, Ali Ashfaq and Mohamadou Sumareh scored for the home side while Azinee Taib (two goals) and Lee Kil-Hoon replied for the Panthers.
The result earned both sides their first point of the competition.
Group leaders, Pahang, continued to exert their superiority, this time with a 2-0 win over PKNS.
Azamuddin Akil increased his tally to become the joint top scorer in this year’s competition alongside Kedah’s Sandro.
Dickson Nwakaeme added some gloss to the result with a coolly taken penalty in the final moments of the match.