Ali Ashfaq (right) scored two goals in Police's 3-0 win over Sime Darby FC. -M AZHAR ARIF/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Premier League champions Police’s Malaysia Cup campaign got off to a perfect start with a 3-0 win over Super League outfit Sime Darby in their Group D match at the Selayang Stadium.
Maldivian striker Ali Ashfaq starred for Police, striking a brace in the 15th and 46th minute. Bobby Gonzales netted the other goal in the 34th minute.
At the State Stadium in Kuching, Sarawak lived dangerously before edging Terengganu 3-2 in their Group B match.
Australian striker Ryan Griffth fired a brace in the eighth and 30th minutes for the home side. Nippy winger S. Chanturu scored late into the first half for a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The Turtles, however, fought back after the breather. Mario Karlovic managed to reduce the deficit in the 59th minute and then Zairo Anuar Zalani converted a spot kick in the 73rd to pile the pressure on the hosts.
However, the Crocs shored up their defence and held on to their lead to deny Terengganu from getting the equaliser.
In another Group B match, a youthful Perak side edged Kedah 2-1 at the Ipoh Stadium.
The Seladang went ahead through Montenegrin striker Milan Purovic’s strike in the 10th minute. Kedah drew level from a Billy Mehmet effort two minutes before the first-half break.
President’s Cupper Mohd Hafiz Ramdan ended up as the hero for Perak with a well-taken strike in the 52nd minute for a hard-earned win.