FAS ● Aug 23, 2018

OVERSEAS WATCH: Safuwan’s Pahang in fine form as Malaysia Cup battle heats up


Pahang FA have won their past two Malaysia Cup fixtures without conceding, while PKNS and Melaka United played out an entertaining 3-3 draw


 Hariss Harun (back row, first from right) captains JDT against Kuala Lumpur. (PHOTO: JDT)


Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim) – Malaysia Super League (MSL)
Hariss Harun captained JDT in their recent Malaysia Cup fixtures as the MSL champions earned three out of a possible six points against Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan.


JDT’s stuttering form in the 16-team competition sees them occupy bottom spot in Group C with three points after three matches played.


JDT’s fate in the competition is still very much in their own hands, as group leaders, MISC-MIFA are only on six points while Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan have four each.


Recent fixtures
10/8/18: JDT 5-1 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
17/8/18: Kelantan FA 1-0 JDT (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


 Safuwan Baharudin releases the ball with two defenders in close proximity. (PHOTO: Pahang FA)


Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA) – MSL
Safuwan Baharudin started both of Pahang FA’s recent Malaysia Cup victories, which were enough for Pahang to top their group with seven points at the midway point of the group stage.


Pahang FA kept a clean sheet in both matches and are slowly clicking into form as they bid to win the domestic cup double — a feat they last accomplished in 2014 — after triumphing in the Malaysia FA Cup last month.


Recent Fixtures
11/8/18: Selangor FA 0-2 Pahang FA (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
17/8/18: PKNP 0-1 Pahang FA (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Faris Ramli celebrates his goal against Felda United. (PHOTO: PKNS)


Faris Ramli (PKNS) – MSL

Faris Ramli scored his ninth goal of the current campaign to put PKNS 2-0 up against Felda United on 19 August, but Felda then scored three goals without reply to condemn PKNS to their first defeat in the Malaysia Cup.


PKNS had salvaged an stunning 3-3 draw against Melaka United a week earlier, scoring three times after the 87th minute to erase a huge three-goal deficit.


PKNS are currently second in Group B in the 2018 Malaysia Cup on four points after three matches.


Recent Fixtures
11/8/18: Melaka United 3-3 PKNS (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
19/8/18: PKNS 2-3 Felda United (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Shahdan Sulaiman (second from right) celebrates with his teammates. (PHOTO: Melaka United)


Shahdan Sulaiman (Melaka United) – MSL

Shahdan Sulaiman played the full 90 minutes for Melaka United against PKNS as both teams played out an entertaining 3-3 draw that included five goals in the final 20 minutes of the match.


Melaka United have started their Malaysia Cup campaign with three straight draws and are currently third in Group B at the midway point of the group stage.


Recent Fixtures
11/8/18: Melaka United 3-3 PKNS (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)
17/8/18: Melaka United 2-2 PDRM (Malaysia Cup Group Stage)


Zulfahmi Arifin passes the ball against Bangkok Glass FC (PHOTO: Chonburi FC)


Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC) – Thai League 1

Zulfahmi Arifin completed the entire 120 minutes as Chonburi FC crashed out of the Thai League Cup Quarter-final after a 4-6 extra time defeat at the hands of Bangkok Glass FC.


The thrilling encounter ended 4-4 at full time after a Bangkok Glass penalty late into second-half stoppage time sent the match into extra time.


Bangkok Glass then scored a goal in each half of extra time to secure a spot in the Thai League Cup semi-finals where they will face Buriram United.


Recent Fixtures
8/8/18: Chonburi 4-6 Bangkok Glass (AET – Thai League Cup QF)


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Baihakki Khaizan (Udon Thani FC) – Thai League 2
Baihakki played the full 90 minutes for Udon Thani FC in their recent 0-2 defeat to third-placed Trat FC on 12 August.


Udon Thani remain in 11th position in Thai League 2 on 25 points.


Recent Fixtures
12/8/18: Udon Thani FC 0-2 Trat FC (Thai League 2)


Izwan Mahbud (Yellow) lines up to take on Thai Honda FC. (PHOTO: Nong Bua Pitchaya)


Izwan Mahbud (Nong Bua Pitchaya) – Thai League 2

Izwan Mahbud started in goal for Nong Bua Pitchaya in their latest league fixture against Thai Honda FC.


A 3-1 defeat to Thai Honda meant that the club remained fifth in Thai League 2 with 38 points after 23 matches played.


Recent Fixtures
12/8/18: Thai Honda FC 3-1 Nong Bua Pitchaya (Thai League 2)


Hassan Sunny (orange) in the starting line-up to face Chiang Mai FC. (PHOTO: Army United FC Fan club)


Hassan Sunny (Army United) – Thai League 2

Hassan Sunny started for Army United as they went down 2-1 to Chiang Mai away from home in their latest league fixture.


Army United remained in sixth place in the Thai league 2 with 31 points after 23 matches played.


Recent Fixtures
12/8/18: Chiang Mai 2-1 Army United (Thai League 2)


Royal Thai Navy FC, the club of Singapore International Gabriel Quak, did not play a competitive match over the past fortnight.