EMKAY-NPNG became the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) FA Cup champions after a hard fought 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Bukit Kapar.
In the finals, played at the Selayang Muncipal Council (MPS) Stadium, the winner had to be decided on penalties after both teams played to a 1-1 draw in normal time.
There were no goals during extra time.
In the shoot-out Emkay-NPNG showed their might by scoring four goals. Emkay-NPNG’s goalkeeper Mohd Zaidi Razlee was in his element as he saved two spot kicks from Bukit Kapar.
During normal time, Mohd Zaidi gave a good account of himself as he denied the Bukit Kapar forwards with his fine anticipations.
The match, as expected, was exciting and both teams opted to play an attacking game.
After several missed chances Emkay-NPNG scored in the 22nd minute.
From a corner kick, a lurking G. Sivachandran blasted a stinging shot past a hapless Bukit Kapar goalkeeper Muhd Shafiq Aladin.
However, Bukit Kapar, with several young players on their side, were not prepared to give up.
They staged a gallant fight back and troubled the Emkay-NPNG defence with their speed.
Bukit Kapar equalised in the 31st minute through Mohd Syafiq Mohd Zahari.
His stiff grounder from the edge of box sailed past the Emkay-NPNG defence and into goal.
The second half proved exciting as both teams had several chances to score. But the strikers from both teams failed in their attempts.
The match went into extra time and eventually a penalty shoot-out.
Emkay-NPNG coach Michael Palani said it was a tough match as Bukit Kapar gave them a fright.
“As the defending champions as well as a seasoned team in the FAS league, the pressure was on us. Bukit Kapar, being newcomers and playing in the Premier Division, were eager to cause an upset.
“They matched us in every department and gave us a harrowing time.
“The match could have gone either way. We have to thank our goalkeeper (Mohd Zaidi) who had a good game and saved several point blank shots.
“During the shoot-out, he was once again our hero and saved two penalties,’’ said Michael.
Newly elected FAS president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal commended both Emkay-NPNG and Bukit Kapar for entertaining the crowd with an exciting match.
“Both Emkay-NPNG and Bukit Kapar were equally strong. But luck was on Emkay-NPNG’s side and they became the champions,’’ said Subahan.
As the champions, Emkay-NPNG received the challenge trophy, medals and RM10,000 while Bukit Kapar settled for RM5,000.
Losing semi-finalists Royal Selangor Club (RSC) and PKNS were third.
Meanwhile, in the Super Division, Smart Focus were held to a 1-1 draw by Tanjung Karang in a Group A match while Shah Alam City Council upstaged Anak Kalumpang 2-0 in a Group B match.
Following the draw, Smart Focus are in third spot in the nine team Group A with 11 points and stand a good chance of making the quarter-finals.
Shah Alam City Council, with seven points from five outings, have to win their remaining two matches to be certain of their spot in the last eight.
In the Premier Division, RSC continued their fine performance with a 4-0 win over PJ Wira Ampang in a Group B match.
Following the win, RSC became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Final: Emkay-NPNG bt Bukit Kara FC
4-2 penalties (1-1)
Group A: Smart Focus drew
Tanjong Karang 1-1.
Group B: Shah Alam City Council
bt Anak Kalumpang 2-0.
Group A: Rising Star–ZYQ bt
S-Highlander NR 4-1; Sri Remaja bt
Malaysia Airlines 6-0; MPKE-PJH bt
Selangor Indian Football Association
– UPNM 2-0.
Group B: Royal Selangor Club bt
PJ-Wira Ampang 4-0.
Group C: UiTM bt Frenz United PJS 1
4-1;Medan Hamoni bt Port Rangers
1-0; Damansara bt BBPJ 8-0;
Selangor Chinese Recreation Club bt
Saridee 1-0; Jeonsa bt KK-Two Side
Group D: LS-Zazilus bt Puchong
Hunters 4-2; Kajang Municipal
Council bt Batu Caves 3-0; B2FC bt
Tanjong –SCFC 3-0; Starbrite –KL
Permata bt Klang Municipal Council
2-1; Subang Jaya Municipal Council
drew MPOB 0-0.
Group A: Sinaran Bersatu bt
Group G: SJ-PBRB bt Ampar