FAM Cup 2017
Kuching FA vs Sime Darby FC
By: Matop SSB
Kuching FA sufferred their biggest defeat of the season when they were thrashed 1-5 by former Premeire League side Sime Darby FC at the State Stadium this afternoon. The defeat was their 2nd against the visitors who had beaten Kuching at their home ground 1-0,earlier in the season.
Parading an experienced side comprising of former Premeire League players, Sime Darby was in control from the start. With midfield general, Azmirul Azmi in commanding form in the middle, they displayed slick and coordinated play. They were rewarded with an early goal, via defender Che Mohd Ariff, who slipped the ball pass goalkeeper Mohd Saiful after a corner kick in the 10th minute. Kuching FA responded with a quick goal from striker Nazaruddin Bohri in the 12 minute. Sime added a 2nd goal in the 24th minute through Dzulfahmi Hadi. Kuching FA was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Ahmad Shakri Tuah was red carded by referee, P. Jeevanathan after receiving a 2nd yellow for a nasty foul at the edge of the penalty box. Kuching was forced to make an early substitution after defender Razziman went off injured and replaced by Mansor Keram in the 38th minute. Despite having numerous chances in front of goal, the Kuching forwards, led by former Sarawak striker, Zulmizan Bujang failed to penetrate the Sime Darby goal manned by lanky goalkeeper, Mohd Faridzuean. Half-time : Kuching FA 1 Sime Darby Fc 2
In the 2nd half, Coach Shahrizan change his gameplay by deploying 3 defenders at the back, with Mansor playing a central midfield role, supported by wide men Rafiezan and Shahfitri, while Zulmizan, Ismail and Nazaruddin in the front. Despite playing with a man down, they managed to penetrate the Sime Darby goalmouth a number of times but was early twarted by the defence led by Tengku Qayyum, Che Ariff and Saiful Hasnol. Sime Darby made some quick counter attacks and scored another 3 more goals through Dzulfahmi Awang, Nazrul Kamarulzaman and Dzulfahmi Hadi. Kuching FA made 2 more substitutions, bringing in Sufrizal and Iqmal to boast the forwardline in place of Nazaruddin and Shahfitri but was unable to break the solid Sime Darby defence. Sime Darby also made substitution bringing in veteran Juzaili Sameon , Razif Hafizi and Naim Ashraf.
Full time :
Kuching FA 1 Sime Darby FC 5