The first half kicked off in a very topsy turvy manner, and the home side were given a shock early on.
Darby went ahead in the fourth minute, courtesy of Asrol. It left the
full house crowd in Kuching shell-shocked, but the home side kept their
As the match progressed, Sarawak slowly began to assert
their influence on the game, with Junior Eldstal and Guy Bwele winning
the midfield battle against the counterparts.
Bobby had a weak
attempt that was saved by the Sime Darby goalie, but Sarawak ultimately
restored parity on the 26th minute mark. Muamar Salibasic did well to
unleash a shot, that sailed into the net, to level the game up.
later, Eldstal supplied Bobby with yet another through pass, but the
forward's attempt went straight towards the goalkeeper. Salibasic then
almost turned provider as his cross from the flank was met by Ronny,
although the subsequent header only managed to skim against the bar.
had yet another weak attempt towards the end of the first half, but
both sides ultimately went into half time with the score levelled.
After the break, Sarawak came out firing on all cylinders and they only needed few minutes to take the lead.
was yet again the man, as he fired home via a deflected free-kick to
send the Sarawak fans into raptures. The Crocs continued to apply
pressure after that, although Sime Darby were equally dangerous on the
The midfield partnership of Guy Bwele and Eldstal
continued flourishing in the middle of the park, which made it hard for
the Sime Darby midfield to exert their influence.
Fahrul Razi tested the Sarawak goalie with a stinging attempt from
outside the box, before Salibasic fired an attempt wide of target.
Gonzales then headed wide from close range, but Sarawak went on to
increase their lead minutes later. Muamer Salibasic proved why he is one
of the best foreign players in this country as he scored a volley from
an acute angle.
Sime Darby kept pushing hard, but despite their
best efforts, Sarawak held on to secure a pivotal victory, booking their
spot in the semifinals of the 2013 Malaysia Cup.
Next up for the Crocs, the mighty Elephants in Kuantan.