Pahang moved top of the Malaysia Super League on Saturday after claiming a 2-0 win over bottom side Perak at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
Dickson Nwakaeme got Tok Gajah on their way when he netted his third goal in two games in the tenth minute, before R. Gopinathan added a second six minutes after the half-hour mark to wrap up the victory.
The three points allowed Pahang to move two points clear at the top of the table after Terengganu and Selangor both drew, although the two teams have a game in hand against each other.
Terengganu, who entered the day’s action top of the table, came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Kelantan in the East Coast derby.
The Red Warriors had edged ahead at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium thanks to Mohamed Shawky’s 16th-minute opener.
But nine minutes before halftime, Zairo Anuar Zalani, who played for Kelantan last season, netted to earn Terengganu a share of the spoils.
Likewise, Selangor were unable to claim the derby spoils in their game against ten-man PKNS FC and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against their neighbours at the Shah Alam Stadium.
A Helmi Remeli own-goal had put the Red Giants in front after 18 minutes, but Aminuddin Noor netted the equaliser just four minutes later.
PKNS were then dealt a blow seven minutes after the hour mark when they had Nazmi Faiz sent off, only to edge ahead in the 72nd minute when Aminuddin grabbed his second of the evening.
But two minutes later, Afiq Azmi stepped up in the absence of Paulo Rangel and opened his account for the season, earning Selangor a point in the process.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium, defending champions LIONSXII had their two-game winning run brought to an end by a 1-1 draw against T-Team.
The hosts took the lead after 24 minutes when Safuwan Baharudin drilled a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner, but Nelson San Martin curled home a delightful freekick three minutes after the hour mark to force the draw.
Likewise, Johor Darul Ta’zim failed to pick up all three points in their home game against Sarawak as both sides played out a 1-1 stalemate.
Sarawak winger S. Chanturu continued his recent good run of form by opening the scoring in the 16th minute, only for Luciano Figueroa to strike a minute before the half-hour mark to prevent Harimau Selanta from falling to their fourth defeat of the season.
Finally, ATM’s miserable ways continued as they were beaten 3-2 by Sime Darby at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.
Although Bruno Martelotto’s penalty had put the visitors in front after ten minutes, Arif Ismail struck in the 29th minute to send both sides in level at the break.
The Gladiators were then reduced to ten men when D. Christie Jayaseelan was sent off five minutes after halftime, but Juan Arostegui remarkably restored their lead three minutes later.
Nonetheless, Sime Darby were ultimately able to make the most of their numerical advantage; equalising in the 59th minute through a William Mensah strike before Mahmoud Amnah scored what proved to be the winner five minutes later.
Saturday’s Malaysia Super League Results
LIONSXII 1-1 T-Team
Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-1 Sarawak
Pahang 2-0 Perak
Selangor 2-2 PKNS FC
Sime Darby 3-2 ATM
Terengganu 1-1 Kelantan