QUARTER-FINAL, FIRST LEG
(Madhu Mohana 40)
ATM FA 0
An extended run in the LionsXII first team, a first national callup, and now, Madhu Mohana has bagged his first goal of the season.
More well known for his uncompromising defending and long throws, right back Madhu capped a week to remember by giving his team a precious headed matchwinner last night to take to Friday's second leg of the Malaysia Cup quarter-final against ATM FA at Selayang.
The 22-year-old was mobbed by his teammates after his 40th-minute effort, and post-match he dedicated his rare goal to his father M Mohanadhas, who celebrates his 60th birthday today.
Speaking to The New Paper, Madhu said: "He has been a great source of support and encouragement in my football career, and I hope he is as happy as I am with this goal and result.
"It's been a great week for me, but it's all about the team.
"We are back to winning ways and with the fans behind us, we really want to go all the way to complete the league and cup double.
"It feels wonderful to play in front on a full house, and we have responded with a 20-game unbeaten home record. Hopefully we get the job done on Friday and come back for game No. 21."
Not only did Madhu grab the only goal of the match, he also gave ATM wingers, Irwan Fadzli and replacement Venice Elphi, a tough time.
His timely tackles and strong physical presence in a solid 79-minute shift helped keep the visitors at bay, much to the delight of the 7,464-strong crowd at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
LionsXII coach V Sundramoorthy had only praise for the right back, whom he has picked to start in the last three matches because of a niggling injury to regular Faritz Abdul Hameed.