Kedah are 90 minutes away from making the Malaysia Cup final after claiming a 3-1 win over Pahang in the first leg of their semi-final tie.
Hijau-Kuning took the lead at the Darul Aman Stadium after nine minutes when Woong Nam-gung was left in acres of space 30 yards out, and proceeded to send a stunning 30-yard drive into the back of the net.
Four minutes after the hour mark, the hosts doubled their lead when Baddrol Bakhtiar did well to break free down the left before floating an excellent cross to the far post, where it was met by Farhan Roslan with a firm header past Khairul Azhan Khalid.
Pahang did manage to reduce the deficit – and grab a valuable away goal – in the first minute of injury-time, when Matias Conti drilled in a low shot from the edge of the box that took a wicked deflection and made its way into the bottom corner.
But right before the end, Kedah ensured they would have a two-goal lead to take into Friday’s return encounter when Billy Mehmet’s exquisite first-time pass released Syafiq Ahmad, who unselfishly lifted the ball over Khairul Azhan and into the path of Khyril Muhymeen Zambri to fire into the unguarded net.
Kedah: Saiful Amar Sudar, Shafizan Hashim, Adam Griffiths, Khairul Helmi Johari, Syazwan Tajuddin (Khyril Muhymeen Zambri 81’), Baddrol Bakhtiar (Zuraindey Jumai 90’), Hanif Mat Dzahir, Farhan Roslan, Woong Nam-gung (Syafiq Ahmad 58’), Rizal Ghazali, Billy Mehmet.
Pahang: Khairul Azhan Khalid, Razman Roslan, Zesh Rehman, Saifulnizam Miswan, Shahrizan Salleh, Azamuddin Akil, Azidan Sairudin, Faizol Hussein, R. Gopinathan, Fauzi Roslan (R. Surendran 73’), Matias Conti.