Ahmad Fakri Saarani (centre) of Kelantan gets the ball away from PKNS players during their FA Cup second-leg quarter-final match. The teams drew 3-3, with Kelantan making it through to the semi-final on a 6-5 aggregate.
SELAYANG: Defending champions Kelantan lived dangerously before holding PKNS to a 3-3 draw and advancing to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 6-5 aggregate win at the Selayang Stadium.
PKNS got the second-leg quarter-final clash off to bright start on Tuesday night, with Patrick Wleh opening account in the second minute.
Kelantan then went 2-1 up through Ahmad Fakri Saarani (19th) and Ahmad Shakir Ali (26th) before substitute striker Karlo Primorac converted a spot kick in the 43rd minute to make it 2-2.
PKNS came back after the breather and continued from where they left off, with Indonesian defender Hamkah Hamzah’s header in 71st minute.
It was then left to Lebanese striker Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud to save Kelantan the blushes when he equalised a minute later.
The Red Warriors can thank their lucky stars for coming out victorious, as they were outplayed by the plucky PKNS.
The Red Ants, meanwhile, must be kicking themselves for not converting their chances, especially Croatian Primorac, who hit the upright in the 48th minute and the crossbar in the 63rd minute.
Kelantan will now take on Premier League side Felda United in the semi-finals.
In Kuching, Felda pipped Sarawak to the last four with the away-goal rule after holding the Crocs to a 2-2 draw at the State Stadium. Felda had held Sarawak to a goalless draw in the first-leg in Selayang.
Joseph Kallang Tie and Akmal Rizal Rakhli scored for the home side in the 19th and 81st minutes respectively while the club side hit back through Zah Krangar (37th) and Indra Putra Mahayuddin (84th).
In Kuantan, new national call-up Mohd Hafiz Kamal scored a last-minute winner in Pahang’s 2-1 triumph over Police at the Darul Makmur Stadium. The Elephants go through 3-2 on aggregate, after both teams drew 1-1 in the first-leg.
Matias Conti scored for Pahang in the 41st minute before Charles Souza equalised for Police 10 minutes later. Just when the match seemed headed for extra-time, Hafiz popped up with the winner.