Defending champions Terengganu cruised into the second round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-0 win over Police while their neighbours Kelantan had to dig deep into their reserves to edge Sarawak 2-1 yesterday.
At the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru, substitute Mohd Norfarhan Mohd – who replaced the ineffective Nigerian Onyekachi Nwoha – turned hero for the Red Warriors when he scored the winner in stoppage time.
Mohd Azizan Baba stunned the hosts by firing Sarawak ahead in the 20th minute before Indra Putra Mahayuddin equalised in the 34th minute.
Kelantan coach Peter Butler said he was happy with his side’s performance after being given such a tough fight by Sarawak.
“The team played well but I would be happier if we scored more goals,” said Butler.
“In a knock-out competition, you can’t afford to underestimate your opponent.. they have nothing to lose.”
Kelantan will meet Kuala Lumpur in the second round on March 10. The City side defeated Muar MC 3-0.
Sarawak coach Robert Alberts said his players did not play to their full potential but praised his Cameroon signing Guy Bwele.
Sarawak should have won the match in the dying minutes but their Croatian striker Vedran Muratovic ballooned a sitter which eventually cost his side a famous win.
“I’m proud of my team’s performance despite the players not playing to their true potential. Kelantan have invested the most in players and should beat us,” said Alberts.
In Kuala Terengganu, Abdul Manaf Mamat hit a brace for the Turtles in the 38th and 65th minutes while Abdul Hadi Yahya (10th) and Francis Doe (80th) nailed one each.
The night’s upset saw the fall of Negri Sembilan to club side Johor FC 1-2 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi.
Arthuro Bernhardt was the hero for Johor FC, scoring a brace in the 25th and 81st minutes while Jean-Emmanuel Owona replied for Negri in the 31st minute.
Johor FC will meet Selangor in the next round.
In Temerloh, Selangor skipper Mohd Amri Yahyah celebrated his 100th goal en route to the Red Giants’ 4-0 whitewash of FAM Cup side Shahzan Muda.
New signing Bosko Balaban scored in his second consecutive match in the 21st minute before Mohd Safiq Rahim netted a brace in the 65th and 72nd minutes.
Amri bagged his century in the 81st minute.
The match between Kedah and PKNS FC ended 1-1 after regulation and extra-time before the Canaries emerged 4-2 winners in a penalty shootout at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.
In Shah Alam, Singapore Lions downed Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) FC 3-0 at the UiTM Stadium.
Leftback Saiful Esah opened the scoring in the ninth minute before rightback Madhu Mohana doubled their lead in the 15th.
UiTM skipper Ahmad Shahril scored an own goal in the 85th minute to complete the rout.