ASEAN Roster: Cup midfield battle between Hariss and Thierry; Aung Thu to inspire win at Quak’s expense
Defending Malaysia Cup holders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) FC took another big step towards retaining their trophy after seeing off Pahang FA 3-1 on aggregate on Saturday.
With things all square in the first leg, Southern Tigers forward Safawi Rasid fired a brace at the Larkin Stadium to send the 2018 Malaysia Super League champions into the semis with a 2-0 victory. 21-year-old Safawi found the far corner of the Elephants’ goal after a quick counter-attack in the third minute before doubling his tally in the 73rd minute when he converted Fernando Elizari’s through pass.
JDT progress on in the Malaysia Cup and face Terengganu FC this weekend after the Turtles overcame Felda United FC 6-4 on aggregate.
Having seen off arch rivals Pahang, JDT captain Hariss Harun will be keen to keep his side’s winning momentum going. However, Terengganu should prove to be a stern test for the Southern Tigers with the ever-present Thierry Chantha Bin patrolling the midfield area.
Can Cambodian international Thierry disrupt JDT’s cup momentum or will the Southern Tigers, with Singapore international Hariss in tow, overwhelm their opponents with their firepower?