KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) lived up to expectations by winning the Malaysia Cup for the fourth time after beating Terengganu FC 3-1 en route to a double treble at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium tonight.
Feroz Baharudin and Arif Aiman Hanapi scored in the second half to clinch the title after the first half had ended in a 1-1 draw when Terengganu FC striker Ivan Mamut had cancelled out Bergson da Silva’s opening goal for JDT.
JDT, having won the Super League title and FA Cup before heading into the Malaysia Cup final, accomplished yet another treble to emulate the success of last season but this season was extra special since JDT had also won the Charity Shield after beating Terengganu 2-0 to kick off the season.
JDT roared straight into action and the early pressure paid off when they were awarded a penalty in the 6th minute which was converted by Bergson.
Terengganu then equalised from the spot in the 21st minute when JDT skipper Jordi Amat brought down Mamut inside the box.
Mamut got up and scored the penalty himself.
In the second half, substitute Feroz headed in a corner from Heberty Fernandes in the 73rd minute while any hope of a Terengganu fightback was dashed when JDT won another spotkick.
Arif converted his penalty to seal a convincing victory.
The loss saw Terengganu fail to end a 22-year wait to win their second Malaysia Cup title after having won it in 2001.
Kedah are the only other team to have achieved a ‘double treble’ by winning the Super League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.