Terengganu's Mario Karlovic celebrating his goal over Pahang with the fans during their Super League match at Sultan Ismail Nasharuddin Shah stadium in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday. - ZABIDI TUSIN / The Star
PETALING JAYA: Terengganu surged to the top of the Super League standings for the first time after a hard-earned 2-0 win over Pahang in the east coast derby at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
Meanwhile, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are back in business by thrashing league leaders Selangor 4-1 at the Larkin Stadium last night.
It was their biggest win of the season and the Red Giants’ heaviest defeat.
The star-studded JDT side dazzled in front of their home fans and got the goals through stand-in skipper Baihakki Khaizan (12th minute), Hariss Harun (33rd), Luciano Figueroa (53rd) and Mohd Fadhli Shas (56th).
The Red Giants’ consolation goal came from Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel (69th) from a penalty.
The win sees JDT move up four spots to sixth on seven points while Selangor dropped to fourth with nine points in the 12-team standings.
The Turtles also dazzled in front of their passionate home fans on Saturday night and opened the scoring through Australian midfielder Mario Karlovic’s free-kick in the 21st minute.
From then on, there was never a doubt that Terengganu were on their way towards a win as they dominated last year’s Malaysia Cup champions.
Skipper Ismail Faruqi then doubled Terengganu’s lead in the 70th minute.
Pahang also failed to contain the spirited home side, who showed a lot of flair in their offensive play through Mohd Norfarhan Mohd and Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin.
Pahang striker Matias Conti was a lone man upfront as his partner-in-crime Mohd Azamuddin Akil was out injured.
The win sees Terengganu moving up from third to top the standings with 10 points.
Neighbours Kelantan also had a good day in Kota Baru as the home side made short work of T-Team with a 3-0 win at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium.
The Red Warriors were at their best and got their goals through Egyptian midfielder Mohd Shawky (32nd) and skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi (44th). Lebanon striker Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud added the third in the 85th minute.
With the victory, Kelantan now have nine points after five matches and are second behind new leaders Terengganu.
In Selayang, Lions XII needed a stoppage time winner by towering defender Afiq Yunos to edge Armed Forces 2-1.
The soldiers had gone ahead through Amiridzan Taj’s fourth minute goal but failed to hold on to their lead as Khairul Amri equalised for the Singaporeans in the 47th minute.
The game looked destined to end in a stalemate until Afiq’s intervention in the 92nd minute.
In Kuching, Sarawak continued to be a hard nut to crack at home when they edged Perak 1-0 at the State Stadium.
Serbian striker Milorad Janjus scored the winner in the 10th minute. The East Malaysian side also have nine points after five matches and jumped to third.