Khamis, 3 Mei 2012

Match report: Kedah vs Kelantan

Kedah 2-2 Kelantan: Red Warriors Qualify On Away Goals

Kelantan marched into the final of the FA Cup after beating Kedah by away goal rules, drawing 2-2 at Stadium Darul Aman. Both sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in Kelantan.

Kelantan fans, MSL

A determined performance in the second half plus horrible defending from Kedah helped Kelantan qualify for their second consecutive FA Cup final.

Kedah was in control for large periods of the first half but they lacked any end product.

 However they didn’t have to wait very long to take the lead. Khyril Muhymeen got himself on the score sheet after a long free-kick by Baddrol Bahtiar was met with a deft touch by the national striker.

Shocked by the opening goal, Kelantan tried to muster a comeback knowing that a goal will drag the match into the extra time. However, it was Kedah who doubled their lead in the 42nd minute.

Fazliata Taib beat the offside trap to sent an inviting cross for Khyril who finished with ease to claim his brace.

The first half ended with Kedah leading 2-0 and 3-1 on aggregate. At this point of time, it looked like mission impossible for Kelantan, but they staged a great comeback.

Kelantan gave themselves a lifeline straight away at the start of the second half when Obinna Nwaneri was given all the space in the world to head home Indra Putra’s corner.

Then on the hour mark, Muhammad Ghaddar equalized for Kelantan by reacting first to a loose ball and slotting it past Helmi Eliza. Knowing that the tie was in their favour, Kelantan started to regain composure and played with more intent. Pressure was back to the home team and Kedah’s coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan sent on Fiqri Isa on to replace Amar Rohidan.

 But Kelantan almost killed off the tie in the 78th minute if not for Ghaddar’s shot which went straight to Helmi Eliza.

Referee Mat Yusof Karim then blew for the final whistle after five minutes of injury time, sending the away supporters into raptures and into their second consecutive FA Cup final.


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