Malaysia Cup 2015 Group A: Hungry tigers, bad travellers and nervous fans
Johor Darul Ta’zim II
What happened in the league?
Finished fifth in the Premier League, but still managed to get into the Malaysia Cup via the back door. Super League side Sime Darby FC stood between them and the chance to make the Pasir Gudang Stadium a Malaysia Cup venue, but Shafiq Shaharudin put the Giant Killers to the sword with the goal that won the tie.
Did anything go wrong?
Constantly getting some brotherly love from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), JDT II are given players from the "first team" that aren’t getting minutes. While the players are of better quality, their arrival disrupts the camaraderie at JDT II, at least during their initial integration period. Fandi Othman, Baihakki Khaizan and Irfan Fazail were among those unceremoniously moved down a tier by JDT.
What went right?
The experience of their Singaporean duo is the pillar on which the team is built. Baihakki and team captain Shahril Ishak lead by example with their consistent displays whenever they're on the field.
Player to watch
Akram Mahinan’s displays earlier in the season made Dollah Salleh sit up and take notice. The central midfielder does the tedious work in midfield, giving more creative players in the squad a chance to show their prowess.
Hi JDT II, bye JDT II. Bottom of the group.