Pahang recorded their third successive post-International break win, second in the Super League, with a hard fought 2-0 win over Kelantan at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium in Kota Bahru on Saturday.
Pahand led the first half 1-0 after Damion Stewart headed in Hafiz Kamal’s freekick in the 40th minute.
Pahang were on the attack from the beginning with Hafiz Kamal forcing Khairul Fahmi Che Mat into a save after five minutes.
Three minutes later, Zesh Rehman headed Azidan Sarudin’s corner but could get much ppwer on the ball as Kelantan easily averted danger.
Dickson Nwakaeme, playing against his former team, also went close with a long range shot but Khairul Fahmi was up to mark in preventing Pahang the lead in the 27th minute.
Ten minutes later, Khairul Izuan’s effort at the other end fell into Khairul Azhan’s clutches.
Kelantan attempted a comeback in the second half but Nwakaeme doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half to give Pahang some breathing space.
It could have been 3-0 in the 70th minute but Azamuddin Akil, who is in the recovery road after a long term injury, was ruled offside when he put the ball in.