Football: Red Giants whip Pahang for biggest home victory

SHAH ALAM: Selangor made full use of a match to celebrate their success in winning the Super League title at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.

They turned on the heat to give the 10,000 home fans a treat, wrapping up their campaign in the championship with a 5-1 rout of an inexperienced Pahang. It was the biggest home win for the Red Giants this season and they also stretched their unbeaten record since March 31 to 19 matches.

Selangor scored the thumping win with goals by Mohd Safee Sali (17th pen, 59th), Mohd Amri Yahyah (44th, 64th) and R. Surendran (67th). Pahang’s goal was scored by Mohd Badrul Hisani in the 15th minute.

It was a job well done and Selangor received the trophy from their Mentri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who is also their FA president, after the match.

Khalid later said that the team will be rewarded with an overseas playing tour which will be announced on Friday.

The Red Giants, who also have in their bag the Charity Shield and FA Cup titles, will be going for an unprecedented quadruple this season in the Malaysia Cup competition, which kicks off in September.

Last night, Selangor had an early scare when they conceded a goal to Mohd Badrul, who beat goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Nourdin with a glancing header.

But all was well again for the Red Giants barely two minutes later. They were awarded a penalty when goalkeeper Mohd Rosfaizul Azuar Ali brought down Surendran and national striker Safee stepped up to convert.

Pahang were left with a do-or-die situation, needing a win to keep their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive. They tried hard to regain the lead but their frontrunners, Mohd Badrul, R. Kartigesu and Mohd Hafiz Kamal were unable to breach the Selangor reserve backline, led by Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin and Nasriq Baharom.

And there was no stopping Selan­gor after skipper Mohd Amri put them ahead in the 44th minute.

The last few minutes of the match was full of drama. Selangor earned their second penalty of the night when Safee was brought down by defender Mohd Aza­­muddin Akil in the 85th minute.

To everyone’s surprise, goalkeeper Nasril took the penalty but shot straight at Mohd Ros­fai­­­zul. His attempt to get to the rebound earned him a yellow card for an infringement on the goalkeeper.

And two minutes from time, Mohd Hardi Jaafar nearly pulled off a audacious goal from the centre of the pitch. His long-range effort had Mohd Rosfaizul back-pedalling to make a save in the nick of time.

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