* Muffed penalty costs Police dearly
* PKNS FC move second spot in Group D
PKNS FC goalkeeper G. Jeevanathan earned his team a valuable point in their quest for a place in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw against Police in Group D Malaysia Cup match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Monday.
It was a hard earned point for E. Elavarasan’s team after the Selangor outfit was reduced to 10 players when Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman stopped a goalbound shot with his hands in the 30th minute.
With PKNS FC leading 1-0 at that stage with a goal by their Argentine hot-shot Gabriel Guerra in the 19th minute Police failed to take the numerical advantage when Mali striker Dramane Troare failed to convert his spot kick.
Jeevanathan, a former international read Dramane’s attempt well, diving to his left to stop the ball which to the dismay of the Police team, still winless after three matches and entrenched at the bottom of the table with two points derived from from a 3-3 draw against Penang last week and 1-1 against PKNS.
However, Jeevanathan was beaten on 51 minutes when Maldive national skipper Ali Ashfaq hitting a grounder past the keeper who had come off his line.
“It is an important point for us earned the hard way as we were down to 10 players for one hour,” said Elavarasan.
Defending champions Pahang, despite the 4-1 defeat to Penang last week are still on top of Group D with six points. PKNS moved to second place with four points – the same as Penang but separated by goal difference.
MALAYSIA CUP RESULTS (Sept 28)
POLICE 1 PKNS FC 1