Selangor knock club side MK Land out of the FA Cup


By ERIC SAMUEL

PETALING JAYA: Selangor turned MK Land’s nemesis again, handing them their second blow of the season by knocking them out of the FA Cup competition at the MPPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya last night. 

The Red Giants, who have virtually ended MK Land’s bid for promotion to the Super League next season, packed off the club side 2-1 in the return-leg of the second round match to qualify for the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.  

Brian Fuentes scored the opening goal of the game for Selangor in the seventh minute before Khalid Jamlus doubled the lead in the 73rd minute. 

MK Land answered with a goal by Mario Mijatovic in the 82nd minute but it came much too late. 

MK Land hotshot Marlon Alex James, with 23 goals in 17 matches in the Premier League, was forced to make an early exit from the game due to injury. 

The St Vincent international caused an unpleasant scene when he walked out of in the 25th minute. James threw his skipper’s armband and marched straight to the changing room, much to the surprise of team officials waiting on the bench. 

It was only then that team officials decided to make a substitution, bringing on S. Paidiyah Rau to lend support to Miroslav Toth and Mijatovic in attack. 

MK Land, going into the match with a two-goal deficit – they lost 1-3 in the first-leg – were unfortunate to concede an early goal after Fuentes cleverly chipped the ball over out-of-position goalkeeper S. Shankar. 

James then provided a perfect cross for Toth but the striker ballooned the ball from close range. It was then that Marlon picked up his injury. 

Selangor fielded their best men including Bambang Pamungkas, Eli Aiboy, Khalid and Fuentes in attack and the victory margin could have been bigger if not for their poor finishing. 

Last night’s match was the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. In the Premier League, MK Land edged them 3-2 in the first round before Selangor avenged the defeat (3-2) in the second round. 

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