HM's Cup football: Suwaiq sets up title clash with Dhofar

Two-time winner Al Suwaiq set up a mouth-watering title clash with Salalah powerhouse Dhofar in the 2016-2017 His Majesty’s Cup Football Championship on Tuesday.

Suwaiq defeated former champion Oman Club 2-0 in the second-leg semifinal match at the Sohar Sports Complex to advance with a 2-1 aggregate score and book a spot in the final of the prestigious tournament.

In the other second-leg semifinal, played at the Salalah Sports Complex, eight-time winner Dhofar lost to defending champion Saham 0-1, but progressed on an aggregate 2-1 score and inch closer to Fanja's record of nine HM's Cup titles.

Dhofar had won the first leg 2-0 at the Sohar Sports Complex with Lawson and Raeed Ibrahim getting their names on the scoresheet.

On Tuesday, egged on by a decent home crowd at the Sohar Sports Complex, Al Suwaiq, which trailed by a goal after the first leg, levelled the scores just before the break.

The club’s Moroccan striker Oussama Halfi’s powerful right-footed volley beat the diving goalkeeper as it landed in the far top right corner of the goal.

National team player and promising attacking midfielder Yaseen al Sheyadi struck the decisive goal in the second half to lead Suwaiq into the final.

In Salalah, the hosts knew that they had the advantage of two away goals. They ensured that the Saham strikers were kept at bay till the 76th minute when Mohammed al Ghassani converted a spot kick.

Dhofar had won its eighth crown in 2012. However, its first title was way back in 1977. Suwaiq had  previously won the titles in 2009 and 2013.

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