A dominant Singapore Veteran side dominated in a match that saw them run out 1-0 winners after a goal by Rafi Ali
The Singapore Veterans rolled back the years to defeat Selangor Veterans 1-0 on Saturday evening at the Shah Alam Stadium in the precursor match before the commencement of the Sultan of Selangor's (SOS) Cup.
It was a 20-minute per half exhibition match between Selangor’s and Singapore’s veteran football players, and the relaxed atmosphere between both sides showed initially with simple passes and careful tackles.
However, after five minutes, Selangor Veteran Khalid Ali was pushed in the back by Ishak Saad, resulting in the former retaliating by throwing the ball at Ishak’s face.
This changed the manner of the game and fired up both sides as players started flying into tackles and fought to regain or protect the ball.
But it was the Singapore Veterans side who threatened first, with R. Suriamurthy’s 14th minute free-kick being palmed away by Rashid Hassan.
Suriamurthy was involved in the build up to Singapore Veterans’ goal two minutes later, after he laid off a pass to Syed Faruk down the right. Syed then crossed to his former Tampines Rovers teammate Rafi Ali to head past Rashid.
After half-time, Singapore Veterans maintained their offensive charge, with Dalis Supait letting his experience show by making intelligent runs into space to become a key component in their offense,.
Dalis’ runs nearly paid off in the 24th minute when Malek Awab spotted another of his runs and made an infield cross to the forward, but Dalis could only drag his shot into the side netting.
Despite the Selangor Veterans trying their best, the visitors’ mean defence did not yield and strongly held firm to deny them any clear-cut chances.
The referee eventually called time on the game, leaving the veterans from the Lion City with a victory and bragging rights in the state of Selangor.