FourFourTwo Player Ratings: LionsXII 4 KL SPA Putrajaya 0
Izwan Mahbud 6.5
Took the skipper’s armband with regular captain Isa Halim rested on the bench. While Izwan made a few decent stops to keep a clean sheet, a couple of clangers in the second half undid an otherwise unspectacular showing. An unnecessary rushing out of the box and a flap at a cross would have been punished by stronger opponents on another day.
Hafiz Abu Sujad 7
A solid outing at left-back as he prevented opposing forwards from causing problems with his no-nonsense tackling and marking, leading to a SPA Putrajaya player being booked for stamping after he failed to get the better of the national defender. Hafiz also offered good support for the wingers with his overlapping runs down the left.
Afiq Yunos 7
A towering presence at the back, Afiq had a fuss-free evening as he organised his defence to keep the opposition attackers frustrated the entire evening. He could have had a goal early in the game had his attempt not been blocked inside the SPA Putrajaya box.
Zulfahmi Arifin 6.5
Keeping his place at in defence, the converted centre back continued his progression in his new role with a good showing and also made a few vital interceptions in the defensive third. Zulfahmi kept up his reliable delivery at set plays, with one that nearly resulted in a goal for the LionsXII.
Madhu Mohana 7.5
An excellent first half as Madhu posed problems for the SPA defence going forward. He came close twice inside the box before he finally broke the deadlock for his team with a good sidefoot shot off a Gabriel Quak corner. He also put in a good shift at right-back to limit the opportunities SPA Putrajaya had when attacking his flank.
Christopher van Huizen 6.5
The young midfielder made a decent impression on the flanks in his first start for the club. After coming close to an opener minutes in, he put in a good shift running up and down and causing trouble for the full backs with his pace and dribbling. He did his case for more minutes with the team no harm with his attacking instincts, although he still looks a little raw.
Izzdin Shafiq 7
A quiet but dependable showing from the LionsXII's midfield engine as he orchestrated play in the centre of the park. While he did not have to do much defending this time, Izzdin's trusty right foot did the work as his floated free kicks created havoc in the other box. One of them resulted in a fourth goal for the team and a second for Khairul Amri.
Firdaus Kasman 7
A solid outing in the middle of the park as Firdaus caused problems with his range of passing at the other end. He created the assist for Gabriel Quak to score the third goal of the evening and rarely wasted possession each time the ball reached him.
Gabriel Quak 7.5
Another fine FA Cup showing against a lower division side as Quak delivered an assist for the opening goal and scored the third in the rout. He was a lively presence on the right wing as he tormented defenders with his nifty footwork and crossing in the final third.
Sahil Suhaimi 6
It was a quiet first start for the young forward as he struggled to make an impact against a defence that was quickly undergoing a damage limitation exercise. He had a good shot midway in the first half that was saved by the goalkeeper, but contributed little otherwise and led to him being replaced by Faris Ramli in the second half.
Khairul Amri 7.5
While he bagged a brace to help LionsXII to a comfortable victory, Amri would know he could have done better with his finishing and scored more with several chances that came his way during the game. Both goals, while products of his predatory instincts, were also helped by poor goaltending from the SPA Putrajaya 'keeper.
Faris Ramli 6
Starting from the bench after having recovered sufficiently from his hamstring strain, the winger had a quiet outing upon his introduction as the game had already reached its foregone conclusion prior to his entrance.
Faris Aizenuddin 6
After coming on for Madhu Mohana, Faris almost caused ripples at the other end as a 30-yard run from his own half ended in a long-range shot that flew just wide.
Sufian Anuar 6
Sufian had too little time to contribute something significant as the match had slowed to walking pace by the time he came on for Firdaus Kasman.