MSL Recap: Pahang extend lead, Kelantan end winless run
With the JDT-Selangor match not taking place until Monday, Pahang took the opportunity to strengthen their grip on the summit with a comfortable 3-1 win over Sarawak.
Sarawak star Joseph Kalang Tie cancelled out Zesh Rehman's opener with a thumping effort from outside the box, but Dickson Nwakaeme fired the Elephants back in front before Azamuddin Akil sealed the win.
Perak, sitting at third, failed to keep up with the league leaders as they were well-beaten by the LionsXII at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Namkung Woong gave Perak an early lead, but the Singaporean side drew level just before the break thanks to Hafiz Abu Sujad.
Eight minutes after the interval, Safuwan Baharudin headed home the winner to hand the visitors their first league defeat since May 5.
At the other side of the table, despite struggling with injuries and suspensions, Kelantan stunned PDRM 3-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium.
They opened the scoring after just four minutes when Austin Amutu slotted home Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor's through ball.
Jonathan McKain, fresh from returning after a one-match suspension, doubled the Red Warriors' lead in first-half injury time with a volleyed finish straight from a Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria corner.
Erwin Carrillo made it 3-0 in the 66th minute, but the Cops reduced the deficit when Faizal Abu Bakar latched on to Fitri Omar's poor back-pass.
The win allowed them to move four points clear of ATM, who remain in the relegation zone after losing 4-0 at home to Felda United.
After a goalless first-half, the match burst into life with Indra Putra Mahayuddin coming off the bench to grab a second-half hat-trick.
Zah Rahan Krangar scored the final goal of the night to seal an emphatic win for the Fighters.
The Gladiators' fellow relegation strugglers, Sime Darby, had it tough too as they lost 2-0 to a rejuvenated Terengganu side.
Ashari Samsudin was the hero with both goals, while the Turtles also kept their first clean sheet in the league since the start of the season.