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by k. rajan
Matias Conti scored a hat-trick to help Pahang beat PKNS 3-2 in the Malaysia Cup quarter-final first leg match. - Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: Argentine hitman Matias Conti was the hero for Pahang after he fired a hat-trick to edge PKNS 3-2 in the Malaysia Cup quarter-final first leg match at the Darul Makmur Stadium last night.
The 23-year-old Conti was in a merry mood as he opened the scoring in the first minute before firing a second half double in the 51st and 58th minutes for the narrow win over the plucky PKNS.
PKNS were quick to recover from the early setback and were leading before the break with Liberian striker Patrick Wleh’s equaliser in the 37th minute before winger Lot Abu Hassan put the club side in front a minute later.
The Dollah Salleh’s men were much more determined after the breather, while PKNS lulled into complacency with their narrow lead against the mighty Elephants.
PKNS goalkeeper Mohd Remezey Che Ros was the villain for his side as the indomitable Conti pounced twice on his fumble to score and give his side a slight advantage ahead of the return leg at the Shah Alam Stadium next Friday.
Despite the narrow defeat, PKNS coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim could take heart from his side's performance who matched The Elephants and played an open attacking game.
Abdul Rahman, who guided PKNS to five wins, including home and away against cash-rich Johor Darul Takzim, and lost just once in six Group B matches to book their berth early in the final eight round, will now have to whip his side into shape for the return leg.
The second leg is expected to be another explosive affair as the over-achieving PKNS will be out to make history in the competition by advancing into the final for the first time in club history.
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