Sabah overcame a resilient Police captained by a Sabahan and book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The Rhinos turned on the power and won through a 3-1 score tonight, effectively knocking out the police with a 4-3 aggregate.
However do not let the 3-1 scoreline fooled you. The visitors tied the game at 2-1 early in the second half and with the aggregate locked at 3-3, the Police were looking the likeliest team to score the next goal.
The Rhinos had only themselves to blame after letting their guards down when they were leading 2-0. New Sabah striker Kokhrei Dze Irakli opened the scoring after 2 minutes with their first attack on the Police goal and Sylvester Sindeh doubled the lead on 13th.
Sabah played better on the wet pitch and pressured the police goalie throughout. They went into the dressing room feeling confident at halftime.
It was a different story after the break though, Sabah looked relaxed and were duly punished when ex-Rhinos Sanjos Sundawat scored their aggregate-tying goal on the 48th minute. After that the Police kept threatening Sabah's defence, only some last ditch tackles saved Sabah's goal aided by poor passing on the police side.
Then the police goalie who came in at halftime made a blunder by holding on to the ball for too long and the referee gave Sabah a freekick right outside the penalty box. Irakli then just floated the ball over the wall and into the top corner of the goal to restore Sabah's lead.
Play became rough from both sides but the Rhinos managed to hang on to their lead and book themselves a place in the quarter-finals.