Malaysia FA Cup Wrap: JDT and Kelantan seal home wins
Another exciting round of matches were played in the first leg of the FA Cup quarterfinals, with last season's finalists Johor Darul Ta'zim and Kelantan winning at home.
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), who were awarded with an automatic win by FAM in Round 1, managed to beat Kedah by 3-1 in Larkin. JDT's goals were all assisted by Mahali Jasuli. Amri Yahyah got the first goal in the 15th minute before Hariss Harun added another one. Kedah fought back and managed to get an away goal from Billy Mehmet just before the break. Substitute Luciano Figueroa completed Kedah's misery by scoring another goal in extra time.
Kelantan fought hard to win against one of the strongest football clubs from Selangor, PKNS FC in a five goal thriller. Kelantan's first goal was scored from a direct free kick by captain Badri Radzi. PKNS managed to draw level through Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh after a messy clearance from Kelantan's defender. Just before the break, Tengku Hasbullah gave Kelantan another goal after Ghaddar's shot was kept out by Remezey. Substitute Shakir Ali scored the third goal in the 74th minute after a fantastic through pass by Badhri Radzi. PKNS secured a valuable second away goal after Dong-Chan Kim scored eight minutes from time.
Dollah Salleh's team, PDRM managed to contain the mighty Pahang by drawing 1-1. Chad Souza fired home from close range to strike first blood for the hosts in the 13th minute. But Pahang were lucky to get an away goal in the 80th minute after Matias Conti found the net.
Felda United managed to stop Sarawak's three-game winning streak, drawing 0-0 in Selayang. Gabor, who has been excellent for the Sarawak team, did not play in the match but the team's defensive unit led by Ronny Harun were still solid as they managed to stop the home side's attacks.
The favourites, JDT and Kelantan look like will not have much difficulties qualifying for the next round but the underdogs are not to be taken lightly as they may surprise us all in the next second leg which will be played on the 18th February.