LionsXII aim to erase painful past

LionsXII aim to erase painful past
TM striker Marlon James broke the LionsXII's hearts last year, with a goal in stoppage time, and will be looking to do so again tomorrow.

Almost a year has passed but the scenes are still fresh in Isa Halim's mind.

"It's the sort of thing that stays in your memory," said the LionsXII midfielder of the heartbreak the team suffered on their last visit to the Selayang Stadium.

"One minute, we were going through; the next, our world came crashing down."

He was referring to the second leg of last year's Malaysia Cup semi-final, in which ATM FA striker Marlon James scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to level the aggregate score at 2-2.

The LionsXII lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4-5.

But as they prepare to return to the scene of last year's Malaysia Cup demise, the Malaysian Super League champions are determined to avoid any repeats.

"Memories can never be erased," coach V. Sundramoorthy said on Wednesday as he prepared his side for tomorrow's second-leg quarter-final with the LionsXII enjoying a 1-0 lead.

"The only thing we can do is create better memories for ourselves in Selayang."

Their chances of doing so will be boosted by the return to full fitness of talismanic captain Shahril Ishak - the team's top scorer this term with nine goals.

But simply being in this position is something the Singapore outfit can take heart from.

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