Tenaga Nasional Berhad were forced to dig deep by Terengganu HT before romping home with a 5-1 win in the second leg quarterfinals of the TNB Cup to make the semifinals on an 8-3 aggregate.
And in the Presidents Cup, Ipoh City Council did enough by holding Uniten KPT to a 1-1 draw to make the semis on a 4-3 aggregate and will take on TNB Thunderbolts in the first leg next Friday.
TNB served a surprise as they opted to start the match without ace striker Faisal Saari but brought him onto the pitch in the fifth minute. And Faisal duly went on to score two out of the five goals and leads the goal scoring charts with 16 goals.
The two teams had early opportunities to open scoring as TNB was awarded a penalty corner in the 6th minute while Terengganu got their first penalty corner in the 10th minute.
But both wasted the chance and it was not the end to end stuff that the fans were expecting as the teams were cautious in the approach.
All the match needed was a spark and it was duly delivered by Terengganu HT who took the lead in the 30th minute through a fine effort by Azlan Misron.
TNB were jolted and aftera tongue lashing by coach Nor Azlan Bakara t halftime, the returned to the pitch a different side. It took them just five minute to equalise through Faisal who converted a penalty corner.
And after that the floodgates opened as Muhammad marhan Jalil turned in a neatly worked penalty corner into a goal in the 53rd minute to give TNB a 2-1 lead.
Two minutes later Muhammad Azammi Abadi extended the led to 3-1 before Faisal scored his second of the night in the 59th minute to make it 4-1. Faiz Helmi put icing on the cake in the 63rd minute for a comprehensive 5-1 win on the night and 8-3 on aggregate.
In the President's Cup match, Uniten were trailing 2-3 after the first leg and thought that they did enough to take the match into extra time by scoring in the 56th minute via Ganeisha Tamil Chelvam.
But MBI got a quick equaliser two minutes later thanks to Moha Soffian Kamaruddin and held on to make the semis.