The Elephants won the tie 2-1 on aggregate to redeem last year’s disappointments. Both teams had met at the same stage last year but JDT progressed on away goal rules.
Pahang have now reached their second final in as many years. They won the Malaysia Cup last year, their first after 21 years. Pahang await the winner of the Felda United-Kelantan clash at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight. The teams drew 3-3 in Kota Baru in the first leg.
Both teams played a scoreless first half, giving the home side the advantage on the away goals rule as the teams drew 1-1 in Larkin on May 5.
Pahang and JDT made several attempts to take the lead but their defences cancelled each other out. The visitors looked to be at the back foot in the opening third of the match but slowly looked settled towards the end of the half.
National winger Azamuddin Akil should have tested JDT custodian Izham Tarmizi Roslan with a cracker from the edge of the box after 12 minutes but instead he laid it for R. Gopinathan, who could not find his footing for a shot on target.
Two minutes later JDT’s Argentinean import Luciano Figueroa had a header goal-bound but Khairul Azhan Khalid had a firm grip on the ball.
Pahang continued to find openings with good moves forward involving Faozi Roslan, Gopinanthan, Azamuddin, and Matias Conti but JDT’s backline marshalled by Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak and Fadhli Shas stood firm.
Pahang centreback Zesh Rehman had a goal ruled for outside just before the first half stoppage time.
JDT looked a different team entering the break as the put Pahang on the back foot, but it wasn’t long for the home side to get their rhythm as they continued to seek ways to break the deadlock.
JDT were lucky to have 11 men on the pitch in the final third as Fadhli Shas only received a yellow card for a professional foul on R. Gopinathan, who would have been through on goal in the 60th minute.
The visitors thought they had scored a crucial away goal in the 68th minute but Mahali Jasuli’s calm finish past Khairul Azhan was ruled offside.
Pahang finally got a the goal they were searching for and it was one unstoppable shot by Faizol Hussin to the top corner past a diving Izham Tarmizi in the 81st minute. the goal sent the Darul Makmur Stadium into an euphoria.
Hafiz Kamal hit the post with a long distance shot in the 89th minute as Pahang looked to capitalise as JDT threw all men forward.