Hattrick joy for the boys in red and yellow

Hattrick joy for the boys in red and yellow
The Selangor Selection's victorious players celebrating their win.

Football fans at the Shah Alam Stadium were treated to a thrilling night of action when Selangor lifted the Sultan of Selangor's Cup for the third consecutive year.

The more than 70,000-strong crowd were ecstatic as the referee's final whistle pierced through the chants and drum beats supplied by the many die-hard Selangor fans, marking the Red Giant's 2-1 victory over the Singapore Selection, thanks to Paulo Rangel's brace.

The win also marks the seventh victory for the Selangor Selection since the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, then the Raja Muda of Selangor, initiated the Regent of Selangor's Cup in 2001 to foster better relations between Selangor and Singapore.

Earlier in the day, the Singaporean entourage of players and officials visited the Selangor football gallery in Klang to get into the spirit of the competition. The gallery houses football memorabilia relating to the competition since its inception in 2001.

To get fans in the mood before the main match kicked off, fans were entertained by the talented Stacy Anam of Akademi Fantasia fame, followed by a specially choreographed cheerleading performance by students from SMK Katholik, SMP Sri Aman Petaling Jaya, Sri Kuala Lumpur, SMK Seafield, SMK Bandar Utama 4 and SMK Damansara Jaya.

The curtain opener for the night was a match between the Selangor Veterans and their Singapore contemporaries, with Datuk Soh Chin Aun leading the old boys of Selangor facing off Singapore team captain Fandi Ahmad and his teammates.

It was Selangor Veterans who scored first early on in the 6th minute when Dollah Salleh got the ball in Singapore's box and set the shot up for Annuar Abu Bakar who slammed the ball in the back of the net.

The home team went on to hold on to the lead until just before half time when Singapore's Steven Tan equalised for the Lions

Singapore's Veterans had the chance to edge ahead with attempts from Dalis Supati in the 35th minute and in the 36th with Fandi's header but were denied by Selangor goalkeeper Yap Kam Choon.

The Selangor Veterans too had their chances but could not convert them into winners with a number of free-kicks straying off target.

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