Felda United players celebrate after the final whistle of the FA Cup semi-final second leg match against Kelantan at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday which ended 2-2 for a 5-5 aggregate score. Felda advance to the final on the away goals rule, having held Kelantan 3-3 in Kota Baru. - AZHAR MAHFOF/ The Star
SHAH ALAM: Edward Junior Wilson’s top-class strike sealed Premier League outfit Felda United’s historic entry into the FA Cup final.
His super strike – a classic first-timer – sailed into the net for Felda to hold defending champions Kelantan to a 2-2 draw in the return leg of the semi-final at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
The aggregate score of 5-5 was enough for coach Irfan Bakti’s men to advance to the final on the away goals rule.
Felda will become only the second club side to make the FA Cup final when they face Pahang at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on June 7.
Sime Darby FC were the first club to enter the final in 2012.
Last night, both teams got their goals in the first half.
Felda went ahead through Indra Putra Mahayuddin in the 20th minute but Kelantan struck twice in a five-minute spell through Khairul Izuan Rosli (29th) and Francis Doe (34th).
Luckily for Felda, Wilson equalised with a gem of a goal in the 44th minute.
Felda got off to a dream start when Indra Putra scored with a spectacular diving header – a follow up on Mohd Shukor Adan’s initial shot, which was parried away by Kelantan custodian Khairul Fahmi Che Mat in the 20th minute.
Kelantan hit back through Khairul Izuan Rosli, who latched onto skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi’s defence-splitting pass in the 29th minute.
Kelantan went ahead five minutes later when Liberian striker Francis Doe beat the offside trap to score.
Just when Kelantan thought they had done enough for the half, Felda’s Liberian ace Wilson struck – connecting Shukor Adan’s through pass to catch Khairul Fahmi by surprise.
It was a sad end indeed for Kelantan, who won the FA Cup in 2012 and 2013.