PDRM will play in the Malaysia Super League next season after securing a top-two finish in the Premier League with a 4-1 win over PBAPP on Friday evening.
It took the Cops just two minutes to break the deadlock at the Bandaraya Stadium courtesy of Ali Ashfaq’s opener, but PBAPP managed to pull level on the stroke of halftime when Boris Kochkin scored his first goal for the club.
However, Maldives international Ashfaq netted again eight minutes after the restart to restore the visitors’ lead, before Bobby Gonzales made it 3-1 in the 76th minute.
And four minutes from time, Charles Souza Chad grabbed a fourth for PDRM to wrap up the win and seal their return to the top flight of Malaysian football.
FELDA United are currently in pole position to join them as they overtook Penang in second place following a 4-1 victory over their fellow contenders at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.
Ahmad Syamim Yahya got the hosts off to a dream start as he fired them ahead in the 14th minute, before Raimi Nor doubled their lead a minute before the half-hour mark.
Zah Rahan Krangar then made it 3-0 in the 50th minute to put FELDA firmly in control of the tie and although Luiz Ricardo managed to pull one back for the Panthers seven minutes later, Irfan Bakti’s charges went on to make sure of the result when Abdul Latiff Suhaimi struck three minutes from the end.
Meanwhile, Kedah remain fourth on the table but – with three games remaining – are almost out of the reckoning following a 1-1 draw against SPA FC at the Darul Aman Stadium.
It looked as though Hijau-Kuning were going to claim maximum points after taking the lead through Woong Nam-gung’s 69th-minute opener, but Asyidi Dil Ashar Yusof struck with just five minutes left on the clock to earn SPA a share of the spoils.
Over at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Stanley Ogunboye Iyanu’s hat-trick and a strike from Fakhrullah Rosli handed DRB-Hicom an impressive 4-0 win over UiTM FC, while Sabah and Perlis played out a 0-0 draw at the Likas Stadium.
Finally, goals from Izuan Jarudin and Azinee Taib were not enough to hand Johor Darul Ta’zim II all three points at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium as they relinquished a lead twice in a 2-2 draw with Negeri Sembilan, who had goals from Ivan Babic and Nizam Abu Bakar to thank for a valuable point.
Friday’s Malaysia Premier League Results
DRB-Hicom 4-0 UiTM FC
FELDA United 4-1 Penang
Kedah 1-1 SPA FC
Negeri Sembilan 2-2 Johor Darul Ta’zim II
PBAPP 1-4 PDRM
Sabah 0-0 Perlis