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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Sunday, September 29, 2013

[Sultan Of Selangor Cup 2013] - Doe breaks the heart as Merah Kuning retain their Sultan's Cup

Forkey Doe's (left) goal brought smiles to Selangor fans 
Selangor fans finally have something to cheer about after their heroes' dismay domestic season by ending with the retention of the Sultan of Selangor Cup at Stadium Shah Alam.

Standing thick and through with the Klang Valley Giants, the approximately 60,000 fans backed their team passionately and steered them to a deserved 3-2 win over the S.League Selection side.

Due credit to the hastily assembled Singapore side, as they did give their hosts a tough time with their calm composed demeanour in front of a hostile crowd.

Aleksandar Duric scored the first goal of the match
Ahmad Latiff (R) sticked close to Doe in the game
With that approach in mind, the visitors from south side of the Causeway drew first blood in sixth minute with a simple Aleksandar Duric-style tap-in from close range within the six yard box from the man himself to silence the Merah-Kuning folks.

The score remained the same until Aussie defender Adam Griffiths drew level for the most successful Malaysian club in the 41st minute before the match adjourned for a break at half time on a piece each.

Buoyed by that equalizer, the hosts piled up their pace with some intensive plays when the match resumed for its second 45 and were duly equalized by its Liberian import Francis Forkey Doe in the 55th minute to allow Selangor Selection to take the lead for the first time in this match.

Kamel Ramdani (in blue) added sparks to game
Ramdani converted the kick he earned in box
Inevitably, Tanjong Pagar United playmaker Kamel Ramdani was introduced by coach Patrick Vallee to replace striker Monsef Zerka to provide more sparks in the frontline and eventually proved himself to be that stroke of genius with his exploits to rip apart Selangor backline by earning and converted a penalty in the 71st minute to place both sides on level terms again.

However, it proved to be short-lived when Doe's 74th minute curler from outside the box hit the top corner that had S.League Selection custodian Hassan Sunny no chance to reach for that but to concede the winner to send the whole stadium to a fever pitch.

That goal proved be the only stain in an otherwise stellar performance by the 29-year-old between the sticks with countless of opportunities denied by him throughout the night.

One of many saves by Hassan Sunny that stunned Shah Alam
Commenting on that strike by the former DC United striker, the Warriors 'keeper felt that it was a good goal that he didn't expect in the first place.

"That goal came as a surprise to me, as I didn't expect it and it was difficult to reach but it was a good goal." said Hassan who is once again called up by Lions coach Bernd Stange for the upcoming Asian Cup Qualifiers against Syria next month.

On the game itself, the former Tampines Rovers star opined it was not easy to play against the home side backed by their passionate supporters in 80,000-capacity arena.

Said Hassan:"Obviously, it's not easy to play Selangor at their home ground with fans behind them and credit to them for playing well with chances well-taken.

"While for us being assembled for a day with one training session, I thought we did well too." as he concluded his thoughts on the Selection's performance.

For the record, the earlier match saw Singapore Veterans defeated their Selangor counterparts 1-0 with Rafi Ali scoring the only goal to retain the honour.

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