A DRA­MATIC DAY FOR FAIZ

Stop­page time win­ner gives Rompin Pa­hang Di­as­pora ti­tle at Pekan’s ex­pense

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my

ADRAMATIC stop­page­time win­ner by Faiz Sof­fian saw Rompin emerge cham­pi­ons of the Pa­hang Di­as­pora in the Klang Val­ley Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship with a 2-1 win over Pekan in the fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

Pekan fin­ished run­ners-up for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year de­spite tak­ing an eighth-minute lead through Jas­man Han­iff Abd Razak’s free-kick.

But Rompin, who dom­i­nated the game there­after, scored a de­served equaliser through Farid Ma­jid’s shot from out­side the box in the 65th minute be­fore Faiz struck just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Faiz took a long ball out of de­fence in his stride be­fore ad­vanc­ing two paces to lob the ball into goal.

“I am very happy we won the fi­nal at the first time of ask­ing,” said mid­fielder Faiz, who once fea­tured for AirAsia in the Se­lan­gor league, at the In­spen Sta­dium in Ka­jang.

“It’s a proud mo­ment for all of us. We gave it our all and never gave up un­til the last minute.”

Faiz de­scribed his goal as the per­fect way to end the match.

“We tried to use the flanks to pen­e­trate their de­fence and at­tacked when­ever pos­si­ble,” said Faiz, as Rompin avenged a 3-1 de­feat to Pekan in the group stage. “But with time run­ning out, I gam­bled on chas­ing the long ball and once I beat the de­fender to it, I was con­fi­dent of scor­ing.”

The tour­na­ment saw 11 teams, field­ing Pa­hang-born play­ers re­sid­ing in the Klang Val­ley, split into two groups with the top two from each ad­vanc­ing to the semi­fi­nals.

Rompin ousted de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kuala Lipis 1-0 in the semi-fi­nals while Pekan edged Maran 4-2 on penal­ties af­ter a 00 draw.

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

Rompin beat Pekan 2-1 at the In­spen Sta­dium in Ka­jang on Wed­nes­day.

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