Sharp-Malay Mail overcame giants KL City Hall 1-0 at the KLFA stadium
in Cheras to take the KL Dunhill League soccer title for the first time.
It was a hard earned win but a sweet one as not many had given
Sharp-MM any chance of beating City Hall, comprosing mostly of KL Semi-pro
City Hall also defeated Sharp-MM 3-0 in the preliminary round.
The goal that dealt the killer blow was struck by Daniel Sinnapan
moments before halftime.
City Hall goalkeeper Rashid Hassan failed to collect an attempt by
midfielder Zulkarnain Talib and Daniel slammed in the loose ball.
Daniel also scored both goals in Sharp-MM's 2-0 win over Bank
Pertanian in the semi-final last Friday.
"I'm glad to have scored again. Beating a team like City Hall, who
have the services of some of the best players in the country is no easy
task," said Daniel.
Sharp-MM started the match confidently and launched several good
moves that troubled the KL City Hall defence manned by Tang Siew Seng,
Zaid Jamil and Razif Ismail.
Their efforts were finally rewarded with Daniel's goal to the
jubilation of the afternoon daily's supporters.
City Hall came back with a vengeance after the break and the Sharp-MM
midfield began to crumble.
City Hall could have found the equaliser but Saidin Osman's penalty
attempt in the 70th minute went wide, much to the relief of the Sharp-MM
Sharp-MM pocketed $20,000 for being champions while City Hall earned
$15,000. Sharp-MM were also given another $5,000 by their sponsors Sharp
for their superb effort.
SHARP-MALAY MAIL ... 1 KL CITY HALL ... 0