TENAGA Nasional beat Malacca 3-1 in Division Two of the Malaysia Hockey League at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium yesterday.
Malacca, who took an early lead, controlled major portions of the match and Tenaga were lucky to walk away with three points as they played in patches.
Malacca were guilty of missing too many easy chances. Hanif Rahim gave Malacca the lead in the 19th minute off a penalty corner attempt, only for Tenaga to equalise six minutes later through Sabri Mohamed. Tenaga went on to seal the match with a brace from Aminuddin Abu in the 28th and 58th minutes. Aminuddin is the younger brother of national striker Ismail Abu.
"We took our chances well, and Aminuddin gave us the lifeline by scoring two crucial goals. It was a close match. My boys have much to learn before they can perform well as a unit," said Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar.
Malacca coach Azrul Effendy Bistamam, a former player himself, said the strikers were a let-down.
"We created more chances than Tenaga and could have sealed the match in the first half but my strikers were blunt. We lost good ground after taking the lead," said Azrul.
Double champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) also had a good weekend outclassing Bandar Penawar Sports School Juniors 4-0.
The BJSS goals came courtesy of Faridzul Afiq (26th and 28th), Azri Hassan (58th) and Shazril Irwan (60th).
The Batu Pahat-OLAK and Tunku Besar-Matri matches were called-off due to heavy rain.
RESULTS -- Division Two: BJSS Juniors 2 Setapak High 7, Petaling Jaya CC 1 BPSS 4, BPSS Juniors 0 BJSS 4, Anderson 3 Kijang Mas 0, Tenaga Nasional 3 MSN Malacca 1, Batu Pahat v Olak (rained off).
Division Three: Perlis 0 Nur Insafi 3, Penang 1 Temerloh 1, TBSS-Tampin v Matri (rained off), Selangor 3 Datuk Taha 2, English College 3 Kuala Selangor 2.