KUALA LUMPUR: The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) team needs to win against Melaka on Wednesday, to confirm their sixth consecutive Super League title.
Following the defeat of their nearest challenger, Pahang, 2-5 by Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium last night, the Tok Gajah squad was 13 points adrift, with just five remaining matches, while JDT was at the top of the chart with 43 points after 17 matches played.
Dollah Salleh’s squad could only reach a maximum of 15 points in the remaining five matches but if the Southern Tiger squad gained three points at Hang Jebat Stadium tomorrow, it is enough for the team to win the championship with a 16-point advantage.
During last night’s match, home team Selangor started fiercely with their opening goal through Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri in the 29th minutes, before Nigerian import, Ifedayo Olusegun added two goals in the 35th and 42nd minutes.
A minute after the breather, Brazilian import Endrick dos Santos Parafita added misery to Pahang before R. Kogileswaran reduced the deficit through a solid kick from outside of the penalty box.
Pahang continued to fight back and managed to get their second goal through naturalist player, Mohamadou Sumareh’s header in the 76th minute, but the Red Giant squad ended the streak through Ifedayo who completed a hat-trick five minutes before the match ended.
Meanwhile, Perak managed to leap into fourth place after beating Felda United 3-2 at Tun Abdul Razak Stadium, Jengka.
‘The Bos Gaurus’ squad opened scoring with a goal from their Brazilian import, Ronaldo Henrique Silva in the 22nd minute before K. Partiban and Raianderson Da Costa doubled the score in the 33rd and 53rd minutes, respectively.
Felda United who was struggling in the relegation zone netted two goals through Muhammad Hadin Azman (80 ‘) and Kei Ikeda (82’), but Perak strengthened their defence to avoid ‘The Settlers’ from stealing a point.
At Manjung Municipal Council Stadium, PKNP FC used their own home ground advantage to tie PKNS FC, 2-2.
The visiting team PKNS FC scored through R. Surendran in the 34th minute and Kpah Sean Sherman (83′), while the home team goal was scored by Mohamad Hafiz Ramdan (48′) and Giancarlo Lopes Rodrigues (76 ‘).
PKNS FC was awarded a penalty after PKNP FC substitute Muhammad Ibni Khozaimi was pushed by P. Gunalan in the penalty box in the 82nd minute.
While in the Premier League match, JDT II topped the standings chart after a 2-0 win over UiTM FC at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council Stadium.
Muhammad Ramadhan Saifullah Usman and Lebanese import striker Mohamad Ghaddar scored in the 46th and 58th minutes respectively to give the team three full points.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) recorded a 3-2 win over Selangor United at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.