Kuala Lumpur go top of standings after winning second leg

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur showed their prowess as they bagged the Armed Forces Open sepaktakraw championship title with a 2-0 win over Selangor in the final at the Titiwangsa Stadium here on Sunday. 

KL, who finished as the runners-up in the first leg of the National Grand Prix Circuit at the Terengganu Open two months ago, were too strong for Selangor with their B regu sealing the winning point. 

Noor Azman Hamid, Faizal Adnan and Khairul Ismail, however, were given a run for their money by their Selangor counterparts, especially in the second game. 

In the first game, the KL regu won comfortably 21-16 but both regus were tied 21-21 in the following game. 

Experience made the difference and during the tense situation, the Selangor tekong committed an unforced error in his service, sending the ball into the net to give KL a point.  

KL took the opportunity to claim the title with another point to finish the game 23-21. 

Earlier, the KL A regu of Ahmad Ezzat Zaki, Khairul Anuar Ibrahim and Khairul Nizam Md Jidin had no problem winning the first point with a 21-9, 21-11 triumph over the Selangor C regu of Ahmad Jais Baharum, Mohd Naim Abdullah and Najib Irwan. 

The victory propelled KL to the top of the rankings with 360 points while Terengganu, the first leg winners, and Selangor shared the second spot with 280 points each. 

“We have learned something from our loss in Terengganu,” said KL coach Rosli Abdul Rahman. 

Rosli said that he expected the final to be dragged into the third regu but credited his B regu who did well to seal the winning point. 

He said, their next target was to win the third leg in Ipoh in July as well as the Grand Finals in Kota Kinabalu. 

Earlier, KL qualified for the final after beating Negri Sembilan 2-0 (21-12, 21-9; 21-19, 21-16) while Selangor defeated Armed Forces 2-0 (21-9, 21-19; 21-15, 21-18). – Bernama 

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