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by loganath velloo AND r. patrick
Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh on the way to scoring PKNS' third goal against the T-Team's Mohd Iqbal. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: High-riding PKNS FC have qualified to their first ever Malaysia Cup quarter-finals with a convincing 5-0 thrashing of T-Team in their penultimate Group B match at the Shah Alam Stadium.
PKNS have finally made the cut to the knockout stage after six previous attempts.
Former national coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim’s men have now picked up an unassailable 12-point lead at the top the standings and will wrap up their fixtures against Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) in Larkin on Saturday.
PKNS sealed Tuesday night’s win with a brace each from Slovakian Roman Chmelo (20th, 67th) and Liberian international Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh (23rd, 29th). Mohd Nizad Ayub scored the last goal in the 87th minute.
JDT are the frontrunners to seal the other quarter-final slot in Group B after beating Felda United 5-2 at the Temerloh Stadium.
Second-placed JDT, who have nine points, need only a draw against PKNS FC in their last match to clinch the quarter-final berth.
Selangor’s quarter-final hopes in Group A fizzled out when they could only draw 1-1 with Armed Forces at the Selayang Stadium.
Marlon James scored for the soldiers in the 37th minute before Mohd Fitri Shazwan equalised in the 68th minute.
This is the third consecutive year that the Red Giants have failed to win any silverware.
The quarter-final berths in Group A will now go down to the wire with Forces, Sime Darby and Johor vying for the two slots. Forces and Sime Darby are tied on eight points while Johor have six points.
At the Larkin Stadium, Johor and Sime Darby drew 2-2.
Johor led 2-0 through Farid Ederis (14th) and Izzuan Jaruddin (37th) before Sime Darby hit back through Azmirul Azmi (43rd) and Fazrul Hazli (57th).
In Group D, Perak wasted a glorious opportunity to move to the brink of qualification after going down 1-0 at home to bottom side Kedah.
Midfielder Nelson Martin’s strike in the final minute against his former boss Mohd Azraai Khor’s team blew open the race in the group.
A victory at the Perak Stadium on Tuesday night, coupled with a draw or defeat for Lions XII in their game against Sarawak at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday, would have been enough to secure a last eight spot for Perak.
Instead, Perak now face a daunting challenge – they have to beat Sarawak in their final group game in Kuching on Saturday. The east Malaysians can confirm their quarter-final spot by beating Lions XII on Wednesday.
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football, Malaysia Cup, PKNS, T-Team, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, JDT, Johor Darul Takzim
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