MSL Recap: Pahang preserve lead, Terengganu lose again

It was an action-packed Saturday as Dickson Nwakaeme rescued a point for Pahang at home to Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), while Terengganu continued their poor form.

The top-of-the-table clash between Pahang and JDT in Kuantan finished 1-1 with both teams refusing to give an inch.

It took 66 minutes before the breakthrough was finally made when JDT's second-half substitute, Amri Yahyah, rounded Pahang goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid for a simple finish.

The Malaysia international looked suspiciously offside in the build-up of the goal, but the linesman's flag stayed down much to the Pahang players' fury.

Pahang did not let it affect them, though, as they pegged back just four minutes later through Nwakaeme, who poked the ball home following a scramble in the Southern Tigers' penalty box.

The Nigerian striker could have easily had another goal just a couple of minutes later as he shrugged off three defenders to hit the ball beyond Farizal Marlias, but the post denied him.

With that match finishing 1-1, Selangor took full advantage of that result by beating Terengganu 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium to close the gap to just three points at the top of the league table.

Two first-half strikes by Abdul Hadi Yahya and Robbie Cornthwaite were enough to see off the Turtles, who suffered their sixth league defeat in a row.

Similarly, Perak are also three points behind Pahang after beating Sime Darby 3-1 in Selayang thanks to goals from Horace James, Chad Souza and captain Nasir Basharrudin.

Marko Perovic grabbed a consolation for Sime Darby, who remained at the bottom of the league table with just three points from 12 games.

Across the South China Sea, Sarawak were humbled 2-0 at home by Felda United, who ended their winless league run of four matches.

Christie Jayaseelan gave the Fighters an early lead before Thiago Augusto doubled their advantage from an Indra Putra Mahayuddin corner.

Meanwhile, just like their match against Sime Darby on June 20th, Kelantan had to postpone their match against ATM at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium to a yet-to-be-determined date, as the Kelantan state government had been using it for their own Ramadan programme.

Lastly, in an earlier fixture on Friday, PDRM avenged their heavy opening-day defeat to the LionsXII by recording a 2-1 win thanks to a Dramane Traore brace.