However, Emkay-NPNG retur¬ned with more determination to score. Coach Michael Palani gave instructions to his players to be more aggressive. In the 39th minute, Sritharan, who had played for Selangor in the M-League, scored. With the slim 1-0 lead, Emkay-NPNG did not look comfortable. They kept looking for more opportunities to score goals. MBSA relied on quick counter-attacks but failed to get the better of the Emkay-NPNG defence as well as goalkeeper Md Zaidi Razlee.
Emkay-NPNG increased their lead when Rizal scored in the 50th minute. Down 2-0, MBSA tried their best to score goals but failed miserably and Emkay-NPNG marched into the semi-finals. Michael said their players had difficulties adapting to the weather conditions. “All our previous matches were played at night. This match was held in the afternoon. It took our players some time to get used to the afternoon sun. The players should be commended for their commitment. It was not an easy match as MBSA also played well and gave us some anxious moments in the first half.
“During the break, we advised the players to be more aggressive and it worked. We got the goals and have made it to the semi-finals,” said Michael. MBSA manager T. Anbarasan praised his players for their gallant game. “Unfortunately, they lacked the experience to match the seasoned Emkay-NPNG. Now, we will concentrate on our campaign in the Premier Division. The experience gained from playing against seasoned sides in the FA Cup will certainly help us in the Premier Division,” said Anbarasan.
In the Super Division, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) continued their winning ways when they edged Proton 2-0 in a Group A match. With the win, MPSJ are leading the 10-team Group A with maximum 15 points. PKNS, who have played five matches, are second with 10 points from three wins, a draw and a defeat. In Group B, Hong Chin, who lost to Belia Selangor last week, collected maximum points after a 3-2 win over Malaysia Airlines at the SUK ground in Shah Alam.
In an earlier match, winless Selangor Indian Association (SIA) lost 4-2 to Anggerik. Kuala Langat District Football Association (KLDFA) are leading Group B with 11 points from three wins and two draws.
*Sumber dari StarMetro