# Felda United join Selangor in Malaysia Cup quarter-finals
# Kelantan’s meaningless win over T-Team
# Lions XII break the hearts of Terengganu
# PKNS FC beat Police 3-0 to top Group D
East Coast football giants Kelantan and Terengganu are out of the Malaysia Cup when their campaign in the country’s oldest competition ended at the group stage after Wednesday’s matches.
Kelantan shed tears despite securing a 3-1 win over Terengganu outfit T-Team at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Bahru. But the heartbreak was taking place at the Selayang Stadium where Group A C leaders Selangor who have already qualified for the quarter-finals much earlier fell to a 3-2 defeat to Felda United.
Felda United finished second in the group with nine points – one behind Selangor. Kelantan ended up third with eight points while T-Team finished at the bottom with six points after five matches each.
Kelantan needed a favour from Selangor to beat Felda United but the Red Giants did no favours as the plantation giants secured the three points to advance to the quarter-finals.
Selangor grabbed the lead through Shazlan Alias after 32 minutes but Felda kept their cool and responded after the break with Brazilian hot-shot Thiango Fernandes firing a brace in quick (49th and 50th).
It was 3-1 for Felda when Australian Robert Cornthwaite turned the ball into his own net on 65 minutes. Selangor reduced the deficit in the last minute of play through a penalty by Guilherme de Paula.
Terengganu kissed goodbye to their Malaysia Cup hopes after a 2-1 defeat to Singapore outfit Lions XII in a rain marred match which had to be stopped for some 20 minutes.
The rain was a blessing for Fandi Ahmad and his boys – staging a remarkable come back from a goal down with their guts and determination and fighting spirit. Terengganu led as early as the 15th minute through Dhiyaulrahman Mohamad – only to concede in the very next minute through Suffian Anuar.
The stoppage because of rain did not affect Lions who netted the winner through Christoher van Huizan in the dying minutes after the Terengganu backline failed to clear the danger on a wet and soggy pitch.
At the Shah Alam Stadium it was cheers for Selangor club PKNS FC and coach E. Elavarasan as his side romped to a 3-0 win over Police in a Group D match. The win took PKNS FC to the top of the table with 11 points – one more than defending champions Pahang who were held to a scoreless draw at home by Penang.
PKNS has been the surprise package of the Malaysia Cup and Elavarasan is elated with the way his team has come through the group stages in the competition.
Gabriel Guerra (10th), Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh (24th) and a a late strike by Fazly Baharuddin (88th) was enough to tame the lawmen who had a disappointing season this year.
Kedah, known as the Red Eagles, soared high at the Pasir Gudang Stadium with a convincing come-from-behind 4-2 win over JDT II – to advance with Lions XII.
Kedah ended their group campaign with a 10 points – three behind Lions – and it was win which left coach Tan Cheng Hoe. Kedah had lost twice to JDT II in Alor Star this year – once in the league and in the first round in the Malaysia Cup.
Chidi Edeh (17th), Baddrol Bakhtiar (63rd), Syafiq Ahmad (71st) and Liridon Krazniqi (76th) were enough to give Kedah full points after JTD led 2-1 with goals by Nicolas Delmonte (26th) and Akram Mahinan (27th).
Sarawak are also through to the last eight after a 2-2 draw with Armed Forces at Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi. The East Malaysians have seven points in the group with JDT on top with 13 points.
JDT will play Perak in Ipoh in their final match tonight (Thursday).
MALAYSIA CUP RESULTS (Nov 4)
Terengganu 1 Lions XII 2
JDT II 2 Kedah 4
Armed Forces 2 Sarawak 2
Felda United 3 Selangor 2
Kelantan 3 T-Team 1
Pahang 0 Penang 0
PKNS FC 3 Police 0