BANDAR Penawar Sports School Thunderbolt, as expected, steamrolled Ipoh City Council 9-1 in the quarter-finals of the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.
Thunderbolt will have to wait until Thursday to find out their opponents in the semi-finals, because the quarter-finals between Petaling Jaya City Council and Bandar Penawar Sports School Juniors had to be delayed to wait for six BPSS boys who went to Germany for a Four-Nation.
In the other Quarter-finals yesterday, Bukit Jalil Sports School beat Sabah 4-0, while UniKL beat Pahang 4-2.
Bukit Jali will meet UniKL in the semi-finals on Friday.
The Bukit Jalil hero was Kavin Kartik who scored a hat-rick in the 16th, 32nd and 51st. The other goal was scored by Dangerous Lee in the 43rd minute.
Thunderbolt, the newly crowned League champions, took 15 minutes to settle down before routing Ipoh CC, who finished third in Division Two.
Thunderbolt got their goals off Faizal Saari (19th, 31st, 57th), Firhan Ashaari (15th, 68th), Fitri Saari (16th), Faiz Helmi Jali (24th), Shaiful Nizam Aswan (46th) and Fahmi Zainal Abidin (52nd).
The Ipoh consolation was scored by Azrul Fazri in the 50th minute.
As for UniKL, their goal-getters were Nor Hizat Sumantri (58th, 65th), Sabri Mohamed (second) and Manraj Singh (19th).
Fahmi Abdullah (10th) and Zulhannan Mazlan (67th) scored for Pahang.
Thunderbolt coach Wan Roslan Rahman was surprised with the big win, as he expected a tough fight.
"I had planned for a tougher encounter, but surprisingly, Ipoh collapsed like dominoes after we scored the first goal in the 15th minute.
"It was a good show, and also a good warm-up for my players and now we will have to wait until Thursday to know our opponents."
However, the coach prefers to meet BPSS Juniors, who are also his boys.
"I hope the six BPSS Junior players overcome their jet-lag fast, as they will return tomorrow (today) and only have one rest day before playing PJCC. It would be great if BPSS Juniors advance to the semi-finals," said Roslan.
RESULTS: Quarter-finals: Bukit Jalil Sports School 4 Sabah 0; Bandar Penawar Sports School Thunderbolt 9 Ipoh City Council 1; UniKL 4 Pahang 2.
THURSDAY: Quarter-finals: Bandar Penawar Sports School Juniors v Petaling Jaya City Council (Tun Razak, 4pm).
FRIDAY: Semi-finals: BPSS Thunderbolt v BPSS Juniors or PJCC (Tun Razak 4pm); UniKL v BJSS (Tun Razak, 6pm).