KL stun favourites Sabah

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FOUR­TEEN-YEAR-OLD Ki­ran­deep Kaur Gur­dip Singh led a dra­matic Kuala Lumpur fight­back to beat Sabah 4-3 in the fi­nal of the Na­tional Un­der-16 tour­na­ment at the Kuala Lumpur HA Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Perak, meawhile, emerged cham­pi­ons in the boys’ event after beat­ing Tereng­ganu 1-0.

Sabah took a 2-0 lead but a strong sec­ond half handed the Kuala Lumpur girls their first Un­der-16 ti­tle since the in­cep­tion of the tour­na­ment in 2008.

Ki­ran­deep scored two goals in the 28th and 45th min­utes, while the other goals were scored by Nur Syaza Afiqah (15th) and Hasya Syahida Sai­fud­din (34th).

Sabah were un­for­tu­nate, as they took a 2-0 lead off Cyra Cyn­thia Anis (11th) and Inka Shafika Juani (14th) be­fore they col­lapsed un­der pres­sure.

“When we were two goals down, there was tremen­dous pres­sure on us to make a come­back, but I kept push­ing from mid­field and team-work won us the ti­tle," said Ki­ran­deep.

KL coach A. Kan­nagi, a for­mer in­ter­na­tional, at­trib­uted the win to strong minds.

“My girls never gave up, and fought till the fi­nal whis­tle and that was what sep­a­rated us from Sabah who had shown real solid form in this tour­na­ment,” said Kan­nagi.

RE­SULTS – Boys’ Fi­nal: Perak 1 Tereng­ganu 0; Third-Fourth: Pa­hang 2 Sabah 1; Fifth-Sixth: Malacca 2 Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan 0. Girls' Fi­nal: Sabah 3 Kuala Lumpur 4; ThirdFourth: Se­lan­gor 3 Jo­hor 1; Fifth-Sixth:

Pe­nang 5 Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan 0.

KL girls cel­e­brate their vic­tory in the Na­tional Un­der-16 tour­na­ment yes­ter­day.

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