Kedah end Malaysia Cup drought

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY KISHEN ALEX RAJ

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.

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