Selangor 3-1 S.League Selection: Home side win for first time in four years

After losing the last three editions, Selangor were determined to lift the Sultan of Selangor trophy in front of their fanatical fans, which had filled up the Shah Alam Stadium.

With that in mind, the game started in the same fashion as the pre-match spectacular display of fireworks.
Although the visitors took the lead after surviving early scares, Selangor clawed their way back into the game and eventually denied Singapore a four consecutive triumph.

Malaysia star forward Safee Sali tested Singapore’s defence early in the game, as he ran the length of the left flank and left his markers for dead before trying his luck, but his effort was blocked by Albirex Niigata defender Norihiro Kawakami.

It was chaos at the back for the Singapore side, as the hosts fired shots in from all angles. It was akin to shooting practice for former Aston Villa player Bosko Balaban, Amri Yahyah and Helmi Lousaief, as they took advantage of the disorganized Singapore defence.

It took a while before the S.League Selection got their act together and they silenced the deafening home crowd momentarily when they breached the Selangor defence for the first time.

Singapore went on the counter with Jamil Ali combining well with his Tampines Rovers teammate Aleksandar Duric, but the latter was in two minds as he approached the edge of the box and the end result was a poorly executed shot in the 17th minute of the game.

But the national striker made up for it six minutes later, as he exhibited his dribbling prowess. Despite being cornered by three Selangor players, Duric wriggled his way past them and calmly sent the ball into the bottom corner.

The lead lasted till after the half-hour mark, as referee Parathan Nasawang pointed to the penalty spot as Hafiz Sujad was adjudged to have brought down Amri.

Captain Safiq Rahim took responsibility from the spot and he blasted the ball beyond Albirex custodian Takuma Ito, drawing a thunderous roar from the 60,000 fans in the stadium in the 33rd minute.

The crowd were back on their feet ten minutes after the restart, as Selangor took the lead through their foreign marquee player.

Balaban was given ample space near the box and he took his time before curling the ball towards the top corner and the shot took a wicked deflection past a rooted Ito.

Despite their best efforts at seeking the equaliser, substitute Rozaimi Abdul Rahman finished them off as he rounded off a brilliant run with a low driven shot a minute from time to secure the trophy for his side.

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