Friday, August 20, 2010

Struggling against 'undercooked' Irish

MALAYSIA beat an undercooked Ireland 4-2 in their second ‘un-friendly’ in Belfield last night.
The first match ended 3-3, while in the second, Malaysia saw one red card and a yellow which diluted their strength.
Ireland coach Paul Revington fielded an inexperienced side for both the matches, with one Irish website commenting the first friendly as: “ Ireland side made up of mainly possible rather than probable major tournament players.”
And the website described the second friendly as: “Malaysia withstood 37 minutes of suspensions to roast an undercooked Ireland.”
Nabil Fiqi was red carded in the 42nd minute for an off the ball incident, while Baljit Singh was flashed the green and then yellow to add unnecessary pressure in the friendly.
The Malaysian goals were scored by Faizal Saari, Izwan Firdaus, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin and Azlan Misron.
“We started off well when Faizal scored off a penalty corner attempt, but then let in the equaliser. However, a brilliant run from Faizal, who beat three defender, saw the ball reaching Izwan who tapped in the lead and we went on to score two more goals,” said Malaysian coach Stephen van Huizen.
Ireland kept their cool but Malaysia almost blew their top because: “The match was a good lesson for our players to learn to play with two home umpires, with different in terpretations, and a lot of 50-50 balls going against them,” said van Huizen.
Malaysia will play two more friendlies against the Irish before heading to France to play a Five-Nation involving the hosts, Ireland, Scotland and Poland on Aug 24-29.