Aug 19, 2015

THT survive early scare; Sapura back on winning ways

Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin scored two goals as Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) rallied back to beat Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 4-2 in the TNBMHL 2015 Premier Division match at the Batu Buruk Hockey Stadium in Kuala Terengganu today.

The double champions were down 1-0- by an 11th minute Sufi Ismat field goal but national forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin equalized for THT in the 22nd minute from a penalty corner.

UniKL, who have been rather unlucky in their last three matches before closing their proceedings on the losing end, went ahead 2-1 by the 30th minute through Rafizul Ezry field goal but Fitri Saari drew level 2-2 for THT two minutes later off a field goal.

Another goal by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (37th) off a penalty corner and Ismail Abu’s attempt in the closing stages sealed THT’s unblemished home ground record.

Elsewhere, Sapura rolled back on track and continued their winning ways once again following a 2-1 victory over TenagaNasionalBerhad (TNB) while Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) defeated Maybank3-1for their third win in four matches.

Drag-flick specialist Razie Abdul Rahim kept his side on top with a 13th minute penalty corner goal and Nabil Fiqri extended it 2-0 from a penalty corner set piece three minutes later. Maybank pulled one back through Muhammad Irfan in the 33rd minute, also from a penalty corner.

Four-time champions KLHC, however, had the final say with Rashid Baharom scoring the third in the 56th minute off a field goal - his sixth goal in the tournament.

THT coach, Sarjit Singh, said:“The opposition is getting stronger and better. Each time they come here and play against us they give 200 percent. It is getting tougher for us. It is not easy coming back when you are down and I am very excited with today’s win.”

He added that the margins of victory or defeats in most games arevery narrow and thus Premier Division matches are getting harder by the day.
“It is certainly not going to be any easier for THT from now on. We are only looking at three points and as I said before every team havegood foreign signings. THT is only looking at three points in our coming matches and we will see where we go from there,” added Sarjit.

Sapura took the field without Pakistan’s Khasif Ali and Muhammad Imran who are nursing injuries and were back paddling by the third minute.

The all-local outfit TNB side went ahead with a Muhammad Aminuddin Mohd Zaid penalty corner before Sapura’s Mohamed Zulhairi Hashim made it 1-1 from a penalty corner in the 48thminute and Faridzul Afiq scored the winner five minutes before the end from a field goal.

“Today the boys played well. We came back from a goal down to win. It is important that we continue our winning form and grab three points to close the gap with the top teams,” said Sapura coach Tai Beng Hai, adding that the players had recovered quickly from the long journey back home from Kuala Terengganu after the 1-0- defeat against THT on Friday.

KLHC continue to lead the table standings with 13 points – one clear of THT while Sapura, the only team so far to hold KLHC to a 3-3 draw, is three points behind the leader.

TNB are lying in fourth position with six points while UniKL and Maybank are at the base with no wins as to date.

RESULTS – Premier Division: Terengganu Hockey Team 4Universiti Kuala Lumpur2; Sapura 2 TenagaNasionalBerhad1; Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club 3Maybank1.
Division 1A: MBI 3 MSP-YP-SSP 1; MASUM-USM 3 MSNT/PHT 1; Division 1B: UniKL Young Guns 2 UITM 2; NurInsafi3 SSTMI 2; Politeknik Malaysia 3 PKS-KPM 0; ATM Airod 1 UniKL Young Guns 0.
Women’s Group A: ATM Pernama5 Politeknik Malaysia 1; The Cops 3 MSNT/PHT 0; Group B: PKS-KPM 4 UITM Lions 0; SSTMI Thunderbolt 5Manjung HA 1.

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