Pahang got back to winning ways in the Malaysia Super League on Saturday as they maintained their one-point lead at the top with a 4-1 win over Sime Darby at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
Four days after falling to a heavy 4-1 loss to LIONSXII, Tok Gajah were looking to bounce back against a Sime Darby side who entered the match on the back of a two-game winning streak.
But it was the hosts who drew first blood thanks to R. Surendran’s 21st-minute opener, before Matias Conti doubled their tally eight minutes before the break.
Conti then grabbed his second of the game from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime to put his side firmly in control of the tie, and Pahang effectively ended the contest in the 65th minute; Dickson Nwakaeme getting in on the act with his sixth goal of the campaign.
Sime Darby did manage to pull one back six minutes later when Dilshod Sharofetdinov netted but it was little more than a consolation, as the hosts played out the remainder of the game to claim a deserving win.
Selangor remain hot on the heels of Pahang a point behind and with a game in hand after claiming a deserved 1-0 win over defending champions LIONSXII at the Shah Alam Stadium.
The only goal of the game came in the 24th minute when a corner from Andik Vermansyah was nodded by Paulo Rangel straight to Steve Pantelidis, who made no mistake in glancing a header home from five yards.
Early-season pacesetters Terengganu continued their blip in form as they went a third game without victory following a 2-0 loss at the hands of bottom side Perak.
The visitors took the lead at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium when J. Partiban fired them ahead a minute after the half-hour mark, before Marco Tulio added a second in the 71st minute to wrap up the three points.
Finally, ATM picked up a much-needed win after five defeats on the trot by beating ten-man PKNS FC 4-1 at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.
PKNS had initially taken the lead courtesy of Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh’s fifth goal of the campaign in the 23rd minute, but they were dealt a huge blow five minutes later when goalkeeper Zamir Selamat was sent off.
It took the hosts just a minute to make their numerical advantage count when Bruno Martelotto netted the equaliser, before S. Thinagaran fired them ahead on the hour mark.
From then on, there was only ever going to be one winner and Yusaini Hafiz stretched ATM’s lead even further in the 74th minute, before Affize Faisal rounded off the scoring with a fourth in injury-time.
Saturday’s Malaysia Super League Results
ATM 4-1 PKNS FC
Pahang 4-1 Sime Darby
Selangor 1-0 LIONSXII
Terengganu 0-2 Perak