TRIUMPH: Defending champions advance to FA Cup semis
A repeat of last year's FA Cup final is on the cards after defending champions Terengganu and Kelantan won their quarter-final matches on aggregate yesterday.
Terengganu scraped past LionsXII 1-0 on aggregate after the second leg ended goalless at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The injury-hit Lions team were impressive throughout the match but they were unable to break the deadlock in a tight affair.
Lions striker Khairul Nizam came closest to getting the crucial opening goal, but he fluffed a header from five metres out in the 16th minute.
Terengganu will face Premier League outfit Sime Darby FC in the two-legged semi-final on April 21 and May 1.
Sime Darby edged Johor FC 2-1 in Pasir Gudang for a 5-3 aggregate victory.
Patrick Weh first drilled home a grounder after only three minutes before scoring his second of the night in the 22nd minute.
Johor FC were pathetic without suspended striker Arthur Henrique "Arthuro" but they managed to reduce the deficit through Fauzi Saari's penalty in the 77th minute.
Kelantan, the reigning Super League champions, defeated FAM League side Public Service Commission (SPA) 2-0 in Kota Baru for an effortless 5-0 win on aggregate to advance to the semi-finals.
Kelantan coach Bojan Hodak fielded mostly his fringe players, who put on an inspiring performance in front of their fans.
The east coast side face Kedah, who edged T-Team 2-1 on aggregate, in the semi-finals.
After a 0-0 first leg in Alor Star, T-Team allowed Kedah to dictate the pace of the match in the first half but the visitors could not find a breakthrough.
Kedah, however, were rewarded for their persistence when they scored first through Elfateh Safi in the 64th minute.
Hazrul Hazran levelled proceedings four minutes later when he cooly slotted home past Kedah goalkeeper Helmi Eliza. Ghanaian midfielder Hamidin Mohammed turned hero for Kedah by heading home nine minutes from time for the win.