Defending champion Kelantan beats Johor DT 1-0 to retain FA Cup
Kelantan FA
Kelantan FA

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Defending champion Kelantan retains the FA Cup after defeating Johor Darul Takzim (DT) 1-0 in the final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight.

Kelantan scored the goal in the 14th minute through midfielder Mohd Norfarhan Muhammad through a pass from team captain, Mohd Badhri Mohd Radzi .

Johor DT import player Leonel George Nunez, the substitute player for Mohd Safee Mohd Sali who was injured, had a chance of equalising the goal, but was brushed off by Kelantan goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, in the 22nd minute.

Kelantan, in attempts to score more goals, launched their assaults on the Southern Tiger (Harimau Selatan) squad through Mohd Norfarhan, Mohd Badhri and Dickson Nwakaeme, but were warded off by the Johor DT defence.

During the second-half, coach Bojan Hodak’s squad continued to give pressure on Johor DT through several dangerous attempts by Dickson Nwakaeme, including in the 54th minute, but was saved by Johor DT goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Hafiz Hamzah.

An effort by Johor DT striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha to put in the first goal for his team in the 63rd minute was not accepted because of a foul before the goal.

Johor DT, pressured by the 0-1 score bucked up in their attacks, but an attempt by import player Leonel George Nunez to get the equalising goal in the 80th minute was futile.

The game ended with Kelantan defeating Johor DT 1-0 when referee Syed Azhar Syed Kamar blew the whistle to end the game.- BERNAMA