Two late goals helped Pahang and Kedah see-off Sarawak and Sabah respectively with slim 1-0 wins, and both teams will their places in the play-off final on Thursday.
Malacca played host to both the Malaysian Super League and Premier League play-offs, as Pahang took on Sarawak at the Hang Jebat Stadium while Kedah played Sabah at the Hang Tuah Stadium. Both games were played simultaneously.
Pahang, who finished the Premier League in second place, dominated possession in an otherwise dull game against Super League’s 11th placed team, Sarawak. 'The Elephants' had more chances throughout the 90 minutes but failed to make any of them count while “The Crocs” sat back and relied mostly on counter-attacks to find an opening. Just when it seemed that the game was heading into extra-time, Pahang scored through a Saifulnizam Miswan header. The defender ran away from his marker and jumped the highest to glance an Azamuddin Akil corner past Sarawak’s hapless keeper, Saiful Amar Sudar, in the 89th minute.
In the other semi-final, Kedah and Sabah played a more entertaining match for the spectators as both sides went for the jugular in their bid to stay in the MSL. However, a late Syamim Alif Sobri goal sent the Sabahans home in agony as it proved to be the difference in the end, between the two sides. Interestingly, this goal also came in the 89th minute of the game.
These results see Sabah and Sarawak demoted to the Premier League, leaving the Borneo region with no representatives in the MSL next season.