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26 Feb 2013

Saha's Double Put Terengganu in Quarters

Terengganu eased into the quarter final of the 2013 FA Cup competition after registering an easy win over Penang at the Bandaraya Stadium. A goal by Ashaari Shamsuddin just after three minutes put The Turtles on the right track.

However they have to wait until the hour mark before finding the net again. Ashaari who scored twice in the 3-2 win over the Armed Forced (ATM) on Saturday grabbed his second when he finished off a cutback from Abdul Manaf Mamat

It was his fifth goal in the last four matches. Another Terengganu player on a scoring streak was Khairul Ramadhan who scored with a stiff left foot shot in the 76th minute after embarking on a solo run from just inside the Penang half.

Waiting for Terengganu in the quarter finals are Negeri Sembilan who defeated POS Malaysia FC 2-0. Two first half goal from veterans Fauzi Nan and Abdul Rashid Mahmud were enough to see off the challenge from The Postmen.

Another Terengganu team, T-Team Titans failed to make use of their home advantage when facing last season runners-up, Sime Darby FC. Peter Butler's boys who have not won any matches in February were knocked out when Marzuki Yusof diverted the ball into his own net in his attempt to clear a Karlo Primorac low pass into the box.

Sime Darby will now square off with Pahang who had it easy against army outfit, Tentera Darat FC. The Elephants thrashed the FAM League side 7-1 with Azamuddin Akil scoring four goals.

Gopinathan Ramachandra, Mohamad Faizul and Mohamad Borji were the other Pahang goalscorers while Faizal Hamzah replied for Tentera Darat from the penalty spot.

Big spenders Darul Takzim FC looked set to be knocked out from the competition when two strikes from Khyril Muhymeen in the first half gave The Canaries a comfortable lead.

However, in Daniel Guiza the visitors have someone who could turn the match around and he did just that. His first goal in the 69th minute gave his team a fighting chance.

Then as the match entered the second minute of added time, Guiza's precision from a free-kick levelled the match to bring it into extra-time. There was no goal scored during the extra 30 minutes and the winner had to be decided on the lottery of penalties.

Every kick was converted until Kedah failed to convert their fifth penalty when Shazuan Ashraf blasted the ball over. Ironically, it was Guiza who stepped up to take the deciding penalty and he made no mistake to send Darul Takzim into the last eight.

They will now face Selangor who had eliminated Sabah in a match played a week earlier.

Sarawak who defeated PBAPP FC 2-0 in Kuching had to wait to know who will be their opponent in the quarter-final as the match between Kelantan and PKNS FC had to be postponed due to waterlogged pitch at the Sultan Mohamad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.

Azizan Baba put The Crocs ahead just after the half hour mark before Bobby Gonzales put them further ahead in the 57th minute.