MSL Recap: Terengganu end losing run, Selangor falter at home

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) and Perak maintained their pursuit of Pahang at the top of the table while Sime Darby and Terengganu recorded morale-boosting results.

Pahang maintained their leadership of the Malaysian Super League table after defeating fourth-placed Selangor 3-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium.

The home side took the lead in the fourth minute when Andik Vermansah's free-kick was headed home by Robert Cornthwaite, who scored in his third consecutive match.

However, the early shock did not faze the league leaders as they pressed Selangor in their search for an equaliser, which eventually came in the 50th minute through Zesh Rehman, who side-footed the ball past Hamsani Ahmad from outside the box.

Eight minutes later, the Elephants took the initiative when Dickson Nwakaeme set up Matias Conti to tap it into the back of the net.

Hafiz Kamal then sealed the victory for Pahang with a clever lob over the Selangor goalkeeper in 67th minute.

Second-placed JDT ensured that they remain within touching distance of Pahang with a 2-1 victory over PDRM at the Larkin Stadium – their seventh straight league home win of the season.

Safiq Rahim continued his fine scoring form by netting in the fourth and 55th minute, while Dramane Traore scored his 14th league goal of the season and the consolation for the Cops from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.

At the other end of the league table, a spirited Sime Darby had to share the spoils with Felda United after the match ended 2-2.

Ismail Zakaria’s men took the lead twice through Fahrul Razi and Marko Perovic, but Zah Rahan Krangar and Hadin Azman hit back for the Fighters.

Sime Darby remained in the relegation zone along with ATM, who were unable to overcome Perak at the Ipoh Stadium.

Perak duo Nurridzuan Abu Hassan and Namkung Woong, who both have been named FourFourTwo’s breakout stars of the season, found the back of the net in between ATM winger Venice Elphi’s effort.

Kelantan, who were hovering just a point above the bottom two going into this week’s action, could not take advantage of ATM’s defeat as they were mauled 3-0 by the LionsXII.

Similarly, ninth-placed Sarawak could not afford to rest on their laurels after losing 4-2 to Terengganu.

The Crocs initially took the lead in Kuala Terengganu via Ryan Griffiths, but Fakhrurazi Musa and Ismail Faruqi pegged it back for the Turtles before the end of the first half.

Ivan Fatic gave Sarawak hope of a comeback win with a venomous strike in the 53rd minute, but it was singlehandedly extinguished by Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, whose pace on the right wing led to two more goals for the home side.

The win ended Terengganu’s losing run of six league matches and lifted them seven points clear off the relegation zone.