Too little, too late for Selangor in SOS Cup

Singapore Selection retained the Sultan of Selangor Cup after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Selangor Selection on Saturday night at National Stadium in front of 25,691 fans. 

The hosts easily dominated the opening half of the game and earned a well-deserved two-goal lead before the break, with Yasir Hanapi vital in the build-up for both goals.

The midfielder found Khairul Nizam at the far post in the 11th minute and the in-form striker made no mistake with his close-range header.

Yasir next found Shakir Hamzah with a raking through cross and the left-back produced an equally sublime finish with a first-time touch to lift the ball over an onrushing goalkeeper Zamir Selamat.

Selangor could have halved the deficit after the restart after Afiq Yunos was adjudged to have fouled Safee Sali in the box but the latter blasted his spot-kick over the bar in the 52nd minute.

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Nizam opened the scoring with a fine header

The miss would come back to haunt Selangor just seven minutes later, as Nizam earned a penalty after being brought down by Gonzalo Manuel Suto at the opposite end and Faris Ramli duly stepped up to make it 3-0.

However, the game was anything but over as Selangor came roaring back with two goals to set up for a nervy finish.

However, the game was anything but over as Selangor came roaring back with two goals to set up for a nervy finish.

Safee made amends for his earlier miss as he sidestepped past Faritz Hameed before curling past Hassan to pull one goal back for the visitors.

It then became 3-2 in the 77th minute as the ball fortuitously bounced off an unsuspecting Soto into goal.

Towards the end, Khairul Amri saw his shot roll just wide of the post but his miss proved inconsequential as the Singapore Selection retained the Cup that they won in 2016.

In the previous games of the night, Singapore Veterans shared the honours with Selangor Veterans after a 0-0 draw while Singapore Sports School won the Challenge Cup.

Singapore Sports School had drawn 1-1 with their Selangor counterparts but emerged 3-2 winners in the penalty shootout.

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