By K. RAJAN and JOSEPH KAOS Jr
PETALING JAYA: Pahang consolidated their lead at the top of the Super League standings when they defeated Terengganu 3-0 at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan last night.
The Elephants turned on the heat in the second-half with two goals from Hafiz Kamal (77th and 90th minutes) and Fauzi Rozlan (78th). Surprise package Pahang, who won a berth in the top flight through the playoffs, stretched their lead to two points.
Dollah Salleh’s side, who started the match level on points with Selangor and Lions X11 on nine points, now have 12 points after five matches.
Armed Forces moved up to second on 10 points after they defeated Felda United 2-0 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi. Marlon Alex James (16th) and Mohd Shukor Adan (56th) were the scorers.
Selangor dropped to third after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with depleted Perak at the TLDM Stadium in Lumut.
Liberian Francis Forkey Doe, last year’s Golden Boot winner, put the Red Giants ahead with a brilliant solo effort in the 66th minute. But Abdul Hadi Yahya spoiled the day for Selangor by converting a spot kick in the 80th minute after skipper Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar brought down Failee Ghazali inside the box.
It was an embarrassing outing for the Red Giants as Mohd Amri Yahyah was given the marching orders in the 40th minute.
At the Shah Alam Stadium, moneybags Johor Darul Takzim (DT) had no problem beating club side PKNS FC 3-1 to record their second win of the season.
Striker Mohd Safee Sali (18th), midfielders Ahmad Ezrie Shafizi Sazali (60th) and Spaniard Daniel Guiza (86th) scored for Johor DT. Mohd Faiz Isa scored the consolation goal for PKNS in stoppage time.
In Kuala Terengganu, T-Team scored a surprise 1-0 win over Lions XII, the Super League runners-up last season, at the Sultan Ismail Stadium.
Badrul Hisyam Morris was the hero for the Titans, scoring in the 73rd minute via a penalty. Referee Syed Azhar Syed Kamar awarded the home side a penalty after Lions defender Faritz Hameed was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.
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