First leg FAM Cup semi-final matches end in goalless draws

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Thanabalan Nadarajah, Felcra, Faizal Aziz, Sime Darby, FAM Cup, 02102017
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No goals were scored in either first leg semi-final matches of the FAM Cup, Malaysia's third tier competition.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

The first leg FAM Cup semi-final matches took place on Monday evening, with both matches ending 0-0.

At the UM Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Felcra FC were held to a goalless draw at home by Sime Darby. Although Malaysia U22 star Thanabalan started for them in the match, the Rivals failed to break the deadlock throughout the full 90 minutes. Both sides came close to finding the back of the net in the match, but were denied by the heroics of their respective goalkeepers. Another Young Tigers star, Adib Zainuddin meanwhile had to be substituted off at the start of the second half.

At the Temerloh Municipal Council Stadium, the match between home side Shahzan Muda and university side UKM FC too ended goalless.

Photos from the Shahzan Muda vs UKM match

The second leg matches will be held this Sunday, October 8, although the kickoff times are yet to be determined, according to both second leg home teams. The Sime Darby-Felcra match is likely to be held at the Bukit Jelutong Pitch, while the UKM-Shahzan Muda clash will be held at the UKM Mini Stadium.

Both winners of the semi-final ties will win automatic promotion to the Premier League, and they will play in the two-legged final tie to determine the FAM Cup champions.