Friday, December 3

Kuching FA outgun the Soldiers in FA Cup opener


Kuching FA’s Joseph Kalang Tie falls to the ground after a scissor kick during the first round of the FA Cup against ATM FC at Stadium Negeri, Petra Jaya yesterday. — Photo by Harry Ilias

KUCHING: Kuching Football Association (Kuching FA) got off to a winning start in the FA Cup first round when they beat the Armed Forces FC 4-2 in a penalty shootout at Stadium Negeri, Petra Jaya yesterday.

The score had remained 0-0 at full time and after extra time of 30 minutes.

In fact, Kuching FA could have sealed the victory in the first half but squandered a number of good chances at goal.

Joseph Kalang Tie took several good shots at goal, including a free kick that struck the woodwork in the 27th minute.

ATM FC captain Venice Elphi Danny Kaya stepped up to convert the first penalty shot for the soldiers but Samsu Alam Abdul Samad was on target for the homesters to make it 1-1.

Awang Mohd Tarmizi Awang Haldini made a successful save from Mohamd Azik Faris Shari’s kick and Japanese import midfielder Yuta Suzuki put Kuching FA in the lead when he converted the second shot.

Suhairy Johari converted next for the soldiers but substitute Remenor Pit was also on target to keep Kuching FA ahead 3-2.

Mohd Izzmal Aiza Tuah’s shot went over the bar and Joseph Kalang Tie made no mistake to seal the win for Kuching FA.

“It was a good start for us and the win did not come easy today because our opponents (ATM FC) gave us a stiff fight throughout the 120 minutes.

“They are a good team and they deployed good attacking and defending tactics.

“We also failed to capitalise on numerous goal scoring chances,” said Kuching FA head coach Ideris Untong after the match.

He hoped that his players will carry the winning momentum forward but highlighted the need to shuffle his midfield for the second round next Saturday.