Malaysia Cup: LionsXII out in blaze of goals

Malaysia Cup: LionsXII out in blaze of goals
LionsXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud is left on his knees as his dejected team-mates (from left) Baihakki Khaizan, Faritz Hameed and Shahril Ishak react after conceding yet another goal.

ATM FA 4

LionsXII 1

(ATM win 4-2 on aggregate)

Oh, how the LionsXII must loathe visiting the Selayang Stadium.

Two years in a row now, the Singapore outfit have seen their dreams of Malaysia Cup glory extinguished by ATM FA on the same ground.

But this time, there were no complaints about added time at the end of added time. No what ifs at the end of a lottery that is the penalty shoot-out.

All the LionsXII had to blame were themselves after a 4-1 drubbing by the armed forces side on Friday evening.

Protecting a slim 1-0 lead going into the second leg of their quarter-final, they chose the most inopportune time to concede four goals for the first time in their two-year history.

From Hariss Harun's own goal, to Safuwan Baharudin's misplaced header and then goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud being beaten at his near post, everything that could have gone wrong, did.

That the trio have been among the team's most consistent performers of the season only rubbed salt into the LionsXII's wounds.

Instead, it was ATM striker Marlon James who took centre stage by capitalising on the defensive calamities to net a hat-trick.

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