Pakistan roll fancied Club
PAKISTAN Association stunned favourites Hong Kong Football Club with two second-half goals in the final of the Guru Nanak Cup one-day tournament at Happy Valley yesterday.
The top teams confirmed the seedings in the preliminary round, but three-time defending champions Shaheen and Kowloon Cricket Club A met their match in the quarter-finals.
Shaheen dominated their match against Nav Bharat, but failed to turn their chances into goals and eventually lost 5-6 on penalties when Martin Murray saved Asghar Ali's penalty flick.
KCC A paid dearly for underestimating their second-string clubmates and were bundled out by an opportunist goal from Damon Giles. Adrian Stapley set up the winning move with a cross from the left to Richard Hogg, whose shot was blocked by goalkeeper Andrew Kim before Giles charged in to score.
Shafiq Iqbal scored Pakistan Association's quarter-final winner against KNS and Club also advanced with a 1-0 victory over Khalsa, thanks to a Tim Andrew goal.
KCC B put up a hard fight against Club in the semi-final with goalkeeper Eamonn Marley making several good saves, but a last-minute goal by Derek Field pulled Club through. Pakistan Association edged Nav Bharat 3-2 on penalties in the other semi-final.
Club controlled the first half of the final, but Pakistan Association absorbed all the pressure with goalkeeper Arshad Khan - who had not let in a goal all day except those in the penalty shoot-out - in unbeatable form.
Aqil Mahmood stunned Club with a scorching goal from a melee three minutes into the second half and Pakistan Association sealed the match two minutes later when Mahmood's shot deflected off the sticks of Zahid Rouf and Ishfaq Ullah to make it 2-0.