Pahang moved one step closer to the last four of the Malaysia FA Cup after recording a 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie with Penang on Tuesday.
Tok Gajah got off to a dream start at the Darulmakmur Stadium when Hafiz Kamal fired them ahead after nine minutes, latching onto R. Gopinathan’s cut-back and smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Just five minutes later, Dickson Nwakaeme added a second for the hosts when he was left with a simple tap-in after Hafiz’s freekick had come back off the post, which was enough to seal the win for his side.
Over at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Terengganu produced a spirited fightback to force a 1-1 draw against Perak, despite playing over half an hour with ten men.
It was Perak who drew first blood on the stroke of halftime through a Zubir Azmi own-goal, and things got from bad to worse for the hosts in the 57th minute when Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri was issued his marching orders.
But deep into injury-time, the Turtles were awarded a penalty after Paulo Rangel had been fouled inside the area by Idris Ahmad, and the Brazilian made no mistake in converting from the spot to prevent his side from falling to a costly home defeat.
Finally, there was also no separating Sime Darby and Kelantan as both sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium.
Erwin Carillo had put the Red Warriors ahead when he found the back of the net just before the break, but right on the stroke of halftime, Nemanja Vidakovic equalised for Sime Darby – ensuring there will be plenty still to play for when they meet in the return encounter on April 21.
Tuesday’s Malaysia FA Cup Quarter-final First Leg Results
Pahang 2-0 Penang
Sime Darby 1-1 Kelantan
Terengganu 1-1 Perak