ROUND-UP: JDT unstoppable, Felda surge near the top in MSL round 16

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Round 16 of the Malaysia Super League was played on Saturday, with one mid-season signing bagging his second hat-trick in two consecutive matches.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Round 16 of the Malaysia Super League was played on Saturday, and this time no major surprise was sprung in any of the matches.

Leaders JDT recorded their fourth consecutive league win, edging strugglers Sarawak 3-1 at home. Read our report here .

JDT vs Sarawak match highlights

Second-placed Kedah were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Selangor, thanks to some amazing goalkeeping by the Red Giants' Norazlan Razali. Check out our Live Commentary here.

Kedah vs Selangor match highlights

Third-placed Pahang halted their poor form, defeating PKNS FC 3-1 at the Shah Alam Stadium. The visitors' goals were scored by Mohamadou Sumareh (36') and Matheus Alves (63' & 71'), while Alif Haikal scored the hosts' consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

Photos from the Pahang-PKNS match

Felda United continued their brilliant run in the league, moving up to fourth after hammering T-Team 5-1 at home thanks to their talismanic Brazilian striker Thiago Augusto. Wan Zack Haikal opened the scoring for the hosts in the 24th minute, but Yannick N'Djeng equalised for the Titans three minutes from the halftime whistle. But in the second half, the Fighters' mid-season signings Thiago Augusto and Ifedayo Olesugun roared to life. Thiago bagged a hat-trick (47', 59', 79'), his second hat-trick in two back-to-back matches, while Olesugun scored one minute from the end of fulltime.

Photos from the match between Felda United and T-Team

Perak in sixth returned to winning ways, overcoming Kelantan 2-0 in Kota Bharu. Nazrin Nawi gave the Bos Gaurus the lead in the 29th minute, before Yashir Pinto killed the game in the 80th minute with his goal. The result was the Red Warriors' third straight defeat in the league.

Photos from the match between Kelantan vs Perak

The bottom-of-the-table battle between 11th-placed Melaka United and 12th Pulau Pinang ended in a 3-2 win to the visitors. 2016 Puskas Award winner Faiz Subri opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but Marko Simic equalised for the hosts through a penalty in the 35th minute. Philippines international Mark Hartmann gave the Panthers the lead again, scoring a stunning curler from outside the box in the 53rd minute. Just seven minutes later Pulau Pinang doubled their lead, and again Faiz was involved. His long range freekick from near the centre circle hit the crossbar, and striker Kumaahran Sathasivam was the first to pounce on the rebound, nodding the ball in past the already beaten goalkeeper. Simic pulled one back with one minute left, again from a penalty, but the Mousedeers could not find the equaliser. After the fulltime whistle, Melaka were on 12 points while Pulau Pinang were on nine.

Goals from the Melaka United-Pulau Pinang match