MAYBANK made short work of Nur Insafi when they hammered the Penang side 5-2 in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.
Nur Insafi had hired 16 foreign players, but could only field nine yesterday as the other have yet to arive.
Maybank started the rout in the 22nd minute when Suhaimi Ibrahim scored a field goal, while the other scorers were Azammi Adabi (29th, 38th), Hafifihafiz Hanafi (33rd) and Hairul Nizam (50th).
The Nur Insafi goals was scored by Sundeep Michael in the 36th minute and Nur Hrsikesa in the 70th.
Meanwhile, KL Hockey Club (KLHC) overcame a shaky first half to hammer in three goals after the breather against UniKL.
Both the teams are making their debut in the MHL, but KLHC basically has the same players as last year's double champions Ernst and Young.
National player Azlan Misron scored the first in the 37th minute, while Ismail Abu made it 2-0 a minute after re-start. The third goal was scored by S. Baljit Singh in the 56th minute.
"Even in defeat, I am proud of my players as the average age of this team is 20. They held well for 35 minutes, but lack of experience saw them letting in two goals inside two minutes and the match was over," said UniKL coach I. Vickneswaran.
KL Hockey Club coach R. Vivekanandan feels there is room for improvement and his players could have done much better in counter-attacks.
"The three points are ours, but I feel my players can play better and as our target is to finish tops, we need to work on some areas during the two-week break," said Vivekanandan.
The MHL will resume on Dec 18.
RESULTS: UniKL 0 KL Hockey Club 3; Nur Insafi 2 Maybank 5.