Two set-pieces cost Pahang the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup as Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) ran 2-0 winners at the Larkin Stadium on Saturday.
The match, which also served as the teams’ opening Super League fixture for the season, saw both teams match each other over 90 minutes but two headers from two corners gave the Southern Tigers three points and the trophy.
Pahang almost opened up the home side after just five minutes with Fauzi Roslan out running Hariss Harun but his low cross was cleared away.
JDT threatened to take the lead in the following minutes with Khairul Azhan Khalid called into action several times.
When he was beaten, the post came to the rescue to deny Jorge Pereyra Diaz in the 19th minute. He saw his earlier two chances go wide.
Pahang were fortunate not to concede at the half hour mark after Matias Conti lost the ball in the middle of the park. A counter attack opened up Mahalli Jasuli but he only found the side netting.
Centreback Marcos Antonio Santos put the hosts ahead with a header from a from a corner in the 37th minute. Luciano Figueroa stuck the woodwork in the 43rd minute.
Pahang looked a different side from the first half, playing higher up and threatening to find an equaliser.
However, hearts were broken when Luciano Figueroa rose above all to head in a corner past Khairul Azhan for JDT’s second in the 58th minute.