Pahang defeated Kelantan 1-0 in the FA Cup semifinal first leg at the Darul Makmur Stadium.
The second leg takes place in Kota Baru next Saturday.
Pahang went into the half time break up 1-0 but the Elephants could have left Kelantan with a four goal mountain to climb.
Pahang stunned Kelantan barely two minutes into the match as Matias Conti applied the finishing touches to Dickson Nwakaeme’s layoff.
R. Gopinathan could have have made it 2-0 but missed a simple tap in barely two meters from an unguarded goal in the 15th minute.
Barely a minute later, Norazam Azih was left to rue to his decision to take an extra touch instead of passing to Nwakaeme or Gopinathan for a simple tap in.
Gopinathan missed another sitter after Nwakaeme tore into the Kelantan’s defence at the edge in the box in the 43rd minute.
Kelantan looked more composed in the second half and started to give Pahang a run for their money.
Fortunately, the host had the back four at their best despite the absence of commanding and ever present Damien Stewart.
At the other end, Nwakaeme continued to be a menace to his former club but the Nigerian was often left disappointed with the lack of support.