KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang narrowed the gap with Super League leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) after beating PKNP FC of Perak 2-0 at Stadium Darul Makmur in Kuantan tonight.
The victory, Pahang’s eighth in 16 matches, keeps them in second spot in the table with 30 points.
Pahang opened scoring through new import Lazarus Kaimbi in the 20th minute before striker Dickson Nwakaeme widened their lead in the 30th minute. The score stayed at that till the final whistle.
Kedah dislodged Selangor from third spot in the Super League after edging PKNS FC 3-2 at Stadium Shah Alam.
Kedah’s goals were scored by skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar in the ninth minute, Mohammad Fayadh Mohd Zulkifli Amin in the 69th minute and Mohd Rizal Ghazali in the 90th minute.
The home team replied with two goals by Kpah Sean Sherman, through a penalty in the 52nd minute and a field goal in the 65th minute.
Perak replaced Melaka on fifth spot after beating Terengganu FC (TFC) 3-1 at Stadium Perak in Ipoh.
Perak’s goals were scored by captain Shahrul Mohd Saad in the 34th minute, and Brazilian import Ronaldo Henrique Silva in the 69th and 77th minutes.
TFC scored a consolation goal through Cambodian national player Thierry Chantha Bin in the 88th minute.
Perak could have won with a bigger margin but a penalty kick taken by Raianderson da Costa Morais in the 49th minute was saved by TFC goalkeeper Muhamad Ilham Amirullah Razali.
TFC were reduced to 10 men after Dechi Marcel N’Guessan was shown the red card by referee Muhammad Nazmi Nasaruddin in the 27th minute for a foul on Perak’s Leandro Dos Santos.
Petaling Jaya City FC (PJ City FC) also collected three points after edging Felda United 1-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, thanks to a header by former national player Mohd Safee Sali in the final minutes of the first half.
PJ City FC had to play with 10 men after Mohd Nasriq Baharom was sent off for committing a foul on an opponent in the 63rd minute.
In Premier League action, Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) remain at the top of the league despite drawing 1-1 with Kelantan at Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV in Kota Bharu.
The Southern Tigers opened accounts in the fifth minute through a penalty kick conversion by Lebanese international Mohamad Ghaddar before Mohamad Azwan Mohd Aripin equalised for the home team in the 55th minute.
In another match, Negeri Sembilan thrashed Selangor United 3-0 at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Paroi, with goals by Shunsuke Nakatake (13th min), Jose Almir Barros Neto (70th min) and Igor Carneiro Luiz (88th min).