PETALING JAYA: Public Bank are not jumping for joy even though they have qualified for their first-ever FA Cup semi-finals.
They are still disappointed over the relegation to Premier League for finishing seventh in the eight-team Super League.
Coach E. Elavarasan said: “Qualifying for the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time is scant consolation for the failure to remain in the Super League.
“We were the runners-up last year and this year we finished at the other end of the table. This is a very big disappoitment.”
Elavarasan admitted that all was not well with the team and they needed to find solutions ahead of the FA Cup semi-finals and Malaysia Cup competition.
In the FA Cup quarter-final second-leg match against PKNS at the MPPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya on Wednesday night, Public Bank can count themselves lucky to troop out 3-1 winners to advance 6-4 on aggregate.
The bankers were unimpressive in the first 30 minutes of the match. Premier League's PKNS played well to create chances at goal but were unlucky not to score in the second half.
PKNS striker Rudie Ramli's first-timer from the edge of the penalty box hit the crossbar in the 55th minute and three minutes later, Mohizam Shah Dawood missed another golden opportunity in a one-to-one situation with goalkeeper S. Raj Kumar.
Elavarasan said: “We were not at full strength. Several of our key players were injured (among them Lim Chan Yew, Wan Rohaimi Ismail, M. Elangoo, Mohd Nizaruddin Yusuf and Fatrurazi Rozi). We were fortunate to make the chances count to win the match.”
He added that he hoped that he would have a team back at full strength for the Malaysian Cup competition, which kicks off on Aug 6.
The two-leg semi-final matches of the FA Cup will be played on Aug 31 and Sept 14.