Petaling Jaya City Council’s Mohd Fahmi Faiz Mad Isa scores a goal past the BPSS goalkeeper in the quarter-final of the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior League at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday. — Picture by Mohd Yusni Ariffin
PETALING Jaya City Council nailed a sudden-death goal, after being tied 2 -2, against Bandar Penawar Sports School Juniors to book their spot in the semi-finals of the MHF-Milo-NSC Junor Hockey League.
PJCC had the match in hand when they took a 2-0 lead, but crumbled in the second half by allowing BPSS Juniors to score the equaliser three seconds from time at the Tun Razak Stadium.
PJCC will meet Bandar Penawar Sports School Thunderbolt, while Bukit Jalil Sports School will play UniKL in the semi-finals today at the Tun Razak Stadium.
"My forwards have been consistently bungling sitters since the JHL started and today (yesterday) was no different. However, I saw a slight change in my players as they were more determined to win this match and advance to the last four, and now we can only hope for an upset against BPSS," said PJCC assistant team manager Zanal Abidin.
In the League BPSS easily beat PJCC 4-1, and the sports school should have the upper hand today.
Yesterday PJCC took a healthy lead through Fahmi Faiz in the 40th and Hafiz Nawi in the 41st minute.
However, the allowed the schoolboys to get back into the match when Firhan Ashaari scored from a penalty corner attempt in the 57th minute.
BPSS Juniors won a penalty corner with a minute left in the match, and just as Firhan's flick went crashing into the net, the full-time hooter blew and the match went into sudden-death.
PJCC won three consecutive penalty corner before nailing the winner when Fahmi delivered yet again in the 82nd minute.
Thunderbolt coach Wan Roslan Rahman said since there is no return leg, nothing can be taken for granted until the final whistle.
"The fact that we beat PJCC in the league is no longer relevant as this is a one-off match where my players will have to make the least mistakes to make sure we play in the final and have a chance to land the double this season," said Roslan.
RESULTS: Quarter-finals: Bandar Penawar Sports School Juniors 2 Petaling Jaya City Council 3 (PJCC win on sudden-death goal).
TODAY: Semi-finals: BPSS Thunderbolt v PJCC (Tun Razak 4pm); UniKL v BJSS (Tun Razak, 6pm).