Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy for UniKL and Thunderbolts

THE Milo Cup Junior Hockey League quarter-finals today will see two walk in the parks, while two more knock-outs are expected to go to the wire.
League champions SSTMI Thunderbolts will play a weak Petaling Jaya Municipal Council, while UniKL Young GUns will square off against USM JUniors and both the first leg matches might end up with high scores.
UniKL beat Division One fifth placed USM Juniors 7-1 in the league, while newly crowned League champions SSTMI Thunderbolts beat PJCC 6-1 in the League.
"We did score a big win in the League against PJCC, but then again, this is a knock-out and things might turn against us if we do not show them respect.
"The plan is to secure a healthy win in the first leg, so that we do not have to worry too much about the return encounter on Sunday," said Thunderbolts coach Wan Roslan.
Thunderbolts, formerly known as Bandar Penawar sports School, have an unbeaten record this season and their only blemish was the 1-1 draw in the final League match against UniKL, but they still lifted the title on a better scoring rate.
UniKL were disappointed in Johor Baru, because they ha targetted a double this season: "One title is gone, and the boys have been told to forget about it and make a strong challenge for the Overall title," said UniKL manager Amir Azhar.
Three players wil sit out the first leg quarter-finals because they have collected maximum demerit points.
UniKL's Taufik Hamid (12 points), PJCC's Saufian Othman (10 points) and Sapura's Amarpreet Singh (8 points).
TODAY: Quarter-finals (First Leg): SSTMI Thunderbolts v Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (Bukit Jalil Pitch II, 4pm), Sapura v MBI-Anderson (KLHA, 4pm), Malacca High School v Bukit Jalil Sports School (Bukit Jalil Pitch II, 6pm), UniKL Young Guns v USM Juniors (KLHA, 6pm).
SUNDAY -- Second Leg: Bukit Jalil Sports School v Malacca High School (Bukit Jalil Pitch II, 4pm), USM Juniors v UniKL Young Guns (KLHA, 4pm), Petaling Jaya Municipal Council v SSTMI Thunderbolts (Bukit Jalil Pitch II, 6pm), MBI-An derson v Sapura (KLHA, 6pm).