Malaysia Cup: Upsets galore as big guns falter

Malaysia Cup: Upsets galore as big guns falter
Shahril Ishak beating Kedah goalkeeper Abdul Hadi to head in LionsXII's first goal.

It was an intriguing opening round in the Malaysia Cup with Premier League runners-up Sime Darby, PKNS and Negri Sembilan causing the biggest upsets yesterday.

Second-tier teams Kedah and Johor were also able to hold fancied sides to draws.

Sime Darby condemned Armed Forces to their sixth straight defeat by edging last season's finalists 4-3 in a Group A match at Selayang Stadium.

Sime Darby stunned Forces with a third minute goal through Premier League top scorer Karlo Primorac of Slovakia while Togo's Togaba Kontiwa Komlan (24th), Hadzirun Hamid (32nd) and Fazrul Hazli (46th) each added a goal.

Forces reduced the deficit through an own goal by Sime Darby's Firdaus Faudzi (16th), Irwan Fadzly Idrus (58th) and Venice Elphi (75th).

Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria said: "It is a good start to our campaign. We knew Forces would come back strongly but we held our nerves for the precious win."

In Pasir Gudang, group favourites Selangor were held 0-0 by Johor.

In Group B, PKNS stunned 10-man Darul Takzim 2-0 at Shah Alam Stadium. Patrick Wleh netted a brace in the 16th and 57th minutes to take his tally to 16 goals this season.

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