KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu’s Malaysia Cup hopes were dashed by their east coast rivals Kelantan in their penultimate Group C fixture – after losing 3-1 at the Sultan Ismail Stadium on Tuesday night.
The match was marred by controversy when Terengganu striker Effa Owona had a goal disallowed in the 33rd minute.
The incident sparked angry scenes, with the home fans hurling objects onto the field and causing the match to be stopped for three minutes.
Kelantan drew first blood in the 27th minute when Terengganu skipper Hasmizan Kamarodin deflected a Fakri Saarani cross into his own net.
Experienced midfielder Indra Putra Mahayuddin doubled Kelantan’s lead in the 56th minute when he headed in a Badri Radzi cross.
Badri then sealed Terengganu’s fate in the 84th minute with a simple tap-in.
The Turtles’ campaign is over and they are doomed to finish bottom of the standings with four points.
Terengganu’s last game against Negri Sembilan in Paroi on Saturday will be of no significance.
Negri are still in the running after dropping from the top of the standings to third spot with seven points following their 3-0 loss to Pahang at the Darul Makmur Stadium.
Pahang’s goals were scored by Matias Conti (51st), R. Gopinathan (70th) and Azidan Sarudin (84th).
Kelantan are not assured of a place in the quarter-finals yet as they are tied with Pahang with eight points. The Red Warriors will wrap up their campaign against Pahang at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru.