Football

Published: Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 11:34:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 11:53:23 PM

Pahang thumped but still remain top

Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat looking shell shocked after letting in four goals in the match against PKNS at Selayang Stadium on Tuesday. - BERNAMA

Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat looking shell shocked after letting in four goals in the match against PKNS at Selayang Stadium on Tuesday. - BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Leaders Pahang’s seven-match unbeaten run in the Super League came to a humiliating end as they were whipped 4-1 by defending champions Lions XII at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Unbeaten since Feb 14, the Elephants started off well with Damion Stewart giving them the lead after only eight minutes. But the Singaporean side, coached by former great Fandi Ahmad, bounced back with Safuwan Baharuddin scoring the equaliser in the 29th minute.

The Lions turned on the heat after the breather with Suffian Annuar netting a hat-trick in the 80th, 90th and 96th minutes.

It was Pahang’s first loss to Lions this season. Coach Zainal Abidin Hassan’s side were victorious in the Charity Shield, winning 1-0 at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Jan 18, and then triumphing 2-1 in the FA Cup second round at the Jalan Besar Stadium two weeks later.

Despite the defeat, Pahang remain top of the standings with 25 points – one ahead of second-placed Selangor, who have a game in hand. The Red Giants did not play on Tuesday because of their commitment in the AFC Cup against Arema FC in Jakarta on Wednesday.

It was indeed a bad day for all the east coast sides.

Terengganu blew a two-goal lead and allowed PKNS FC to steal a point in a 2-2 draw at the Shah Alam Stadium.

The Turtles went ahead with goals by Azlan Zainal (22nd) and Australian Mario Karlovic (43rd). PKNS hit back with Liberian hot-shot Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh reducing the deficit in the 64th minute before P. Gunalan scored the equaliser in the 79th.

At the Selayang Stadium, minnows Sime Darby FC continued their giant-killing act by whipping Kelantan 4-0. New signing Mateo Roskam of Croatia struck a hat-trick (eighth, 46th and 69th) while Mahmoud Al Amna contributed the other goal (66th).

Sime Darby could have scored a bigger win if Dilshod Sharofetdinov had converted from the spot in the 86th minute.

At the State Stadium in Kuching, Sarawak piled more misery on pathetic Armed Forces with a 3-2 win.

The soldiers started off well with former Golden Boot winner Juan Manuel Arostegui on target in the 35th minute. But Sarawak bounced back with goals by Junior Eldstal (44th), S. Chanturu (63rd) and a Norfazly Alias own goal (71st). Christie Jayaseelan netted another consolation goal for Forces in the 74th minute.

In Ipoh, Nazrin Nawi was Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) hero as he scored the winner to edge basement side Perak 1-0.

Tags / Keywords: Pahang, Lions XII, Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore, Armed Forces, football, Super League, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat

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