Kedah end Malaysia Cup drought
KEDAH ended their eight-year drought when they beat Selangor 6-5 on penalties to win the Malaysia Cup at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.
The match was brought into penalty shootout as both teams drew 1-1 after extratime.
Success was indeed sweet for Kedah as they successfully avenged their 2-0 defeat to Selangor in the 2015 Malaysia Cup final.
With this win, Kedah has lifted the Malaysia Cup for the fifth time after winning the prestigious competition in 1990, 1993, 2007 and 2008.
In front of a packed Shah Alam stadium, both teams gave their all as they swung their game from end to end.
However, the first half ended with a goaless draw with both sides defense and goalkeeper being on top of their game.
Once the second half started, Selangor had the opportunity to break the deadlock in the 50th minute but Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh failed to convert his chance from a Ahmad Hazwan Bakri pass.
The miss was costly, as a minute later Kedah midfielder Mohd Rizal Mohd Ghazali gave the Lang Merah supporters something to cheer when he scored the opening goal.
Rizal’s shot hits S. Veenod before bouncing into the Selangor goal.
Complacency in Kedah’s defense proved costly when Ahmad Hazwan equalised for Selangor in the 59th minute after a one-two with Patrick.
Both teams continued to push each other for the winner, but it was decided in the penalty shootout for Kedah to be deserving winner of the 2016 Malaysia Cup.