Pahang moved five points behind Malaysia Super League leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim on Saturday after claiming a 1-0 win over Kelantan at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Matias Conti scored three minutes after the hour mark – his eighth goal of the campaign – to hand Tok Gajah maximum points.
The result keeps Pahang firmly in the running to pounce in the event of any slip-ups their title rivals make as they stay five points behind JDT, and four behind second-placed Selangor.
Over at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium, Sime Darby have almost secured their top-flight status for 2015 following an emphatic 4-0 win over Perak.
Dilshod Sharofetdinov fired the hosts ahead three minutes before halftime when he was left with an easy tap-in after a terrific cross by Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin, and the Uzbek doubled his and his side’s tally in the 54th minute with an excellent half-volley.
The three points were then all but secured 13 minutes from time when Nazrul Kamaruzaman added a third, before Shafiq Jamal rounded off the scoring in the 86th minute to cap off a fine display from Sime Darby.
T-Team gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a huge boost as they claimed a 2-0 victory over PKNS FC at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium to leapfrog ATM into tenth position.
The Titans edged ahead on the stroke of halftime when Indonesia international Patrich Wanggai found the back of the net, before Nizad Ayub struck seven minutes from time to make sure of the win.
Finally, defending champions LIONSXII’s disappointing campaign continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sarawak at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Saturday’s Malaysia Super League Results
LIONSXII 0-0 Sarawak
Pahang 1-0 Kelantan
T-Team 2-0 PKNS FC
Sime Darby 4-0 Perak