BY ERIC SAMUEL
PETALING JAYA: The Penang Panthers are back in business.
The FAM Cup boys from the third-tier of the M-League yesterday pulled off the biggest upset in the opening round of the FA Cup competition when they came from behind to edge Premier League leader’s Police 2-1 at the Hang Jebat Stadium.
Penang, who were great force in Malaysian football in the past, have been reduced to playing in the FAM Cup since last year.
But there are signs of a football revival in the North with the engagement of former Penang star striker Moroccan Merzagua Abderrazak to chart their fortunes.
It was indeed a surprise result as the cops are going great guns with their undefeated run in the second-tier of the M-League.
Kaye Edrisar put Police ahead in the seventh minute but the Panthers bounced back in the second-half with a brace from Syafuan Ridwan in the 53rd and 90th minutes.
Penang now face a bigger challenge as they play host to 2011 FA Cup winners Terengganu next in the second round at the City Stadium on Feb 26.
In Kota Kinabalu, Premier League outfit Sabah turned the tables on Super League team Felda United 2-1 at the Likas Stadium.
The East Malaysians, relegated to the Premier League last year, led through Ivory Coast striker Koh Traore in the 16th minute before Felda equalised through Lebanese Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud in the 67th minute.
Jufery Omopor scored the winner for the Rhinos in the 73rd minute.
Sabah FA secretary Alijus Sipil said it was a good win for them but they are down to play another Super league team in the second round – where they will take on Selangor who beat Armed Forces at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
“It will be a severe test for the boys but the good thing is that we have home advantage again for the second round match,” said Alijus, from Kota Kinabalu.
“In short, we will be ready for the test. A test we will be relishing.”
Super League leaders Pahang had a scare at the Pasir Gudang Stadium before they prevailed 3-2 over Johor.
The Elephants scored their goals through Mohd Borji (14th) and a brace from on-form striker Mohd Fauzi Rozlan (44th, 75th) while Argentine Muriel Orlando (11th, 51st) scored for the home side.
It was the same for Super League side T-Team, who were stretched to the limit before pulling off a 3-2 win over Perlis in extra-time.
Abdul Latiff Suhaimi won it for the club side with the winning goal in the 103rd minute.
They led through goals from Fazuan Abdullah (32nd) and Hanif Noor (37th) while the Northern Lions scored through Hadi Syahmi Hamzah (42nd) and Mohd Nurfirdaus Roswanan (51st).
Two matches in the Klang Valley had to be called off due to heavy rain throughtout the day
The PKNS FC and Lions XII match was suspended after the 38th minute with the club side leading through Helmi Remeli’s goal in the fifth minute.
The game had to be abandoned due to the water-logged pitch and will be replayed at the MBPJ Stadium at 4.15pm today. The other game which will be replayed, due to the same reason, is between UiTM FC and Negri Sembilan at the Stadium UiTM at 4.15pm.
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