Fatin’s hattrick powers Selangor to first Razak Cup title

In joyous mood: Selangor players and officials posing with their medals and trophies at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor finally clinched their maiden women’s Razak Cup hockey title, thanks to Fatin Syafiqah Mohamed Shukri.

The 18-year-old forward scored a hattrick to lead Selangor to a 5-2 win over defending champions Pahang in the final at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium.

It was a tournament to remember for Fatin as she also won the final’s Player of the Match as well as the sharing the top scorer award with KL’s Nur Zatra Aziz on six goals.

Pahang were expected to chalk up an easy win after reaching the final with an unbeaten record. But they were in for a surprise as Selangor adopted an aggressive approach from the get-go to score two quick goals.

Nurain Hidayah Hasri gave Selangor the lead after only eight minutes with a field goal. Two minutes later Fatin increased it to 2-0 with another field goal.

Pahang took time to settle down and managed to reduce the deficit in the 16th minute through national player Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed.

But Selangor maintained their two-goal advantage in the 32nd minute when Fatin scored her fifth goal of the tournament.

Annur Amira Suziani then managed to pull a goal back for Pahang in the 38th minute.

Selangor, however, continued to push forward and were amply rewarded when Nur Atira Mohamed Ismail scored to make it 4-2.

It was over for Pahang in the 59th minute as Fatin completed her hattrick to give Selangor a convincing win.

Selangor coach Ikmal Abdul Jabar praised his team for keeping Pahang on a tight leash.

“Our strong start and the two early goals helped greatly. The players kept to the match strategy and managed to score when it mattered. It’s a great moment for us to win the title for the first time,” he said.

Said Pahang coach Benedict Arrais: “We were a little jaded. After letting in the two goals, we had a mountain to climb. Still, I am proud of the players. They tried hard to retain the title.”

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