Thursday, May 24, 2012

Faizal saves the blushes

A partnership between Faizal Saari and Marhan Jalil saved the blushes as Malaysia held Olympic bound South Korea to a 1-1 draw in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh yesterday.
  The Koreans had taken the lead off Seo Jong Ho in the seventh minute, and Malaysia had to wait until the 56th minute when Marhan fed Faizal who slammed int he equaliser.
  Faizal was also instrumental in Malaysia winning the Junior Asia Cup gold in Malacca recently.
  Six of the seven juniors who featured in the victorious Junior Asia Cup in Malacca were fielded in the match against the 
   Only Fitri Saari was not named for the match while Three juniors Rahmadan Rosli, Noor Faeez Ibrahim and Norhizzat 
Ibrahim earned their first international caps for the national team.
  Malaysia then survived a 10-minute onslaught, and even saved Korea's penalty corner won in the last minute of the match 
to share points.
  The national players next play Olympic hosts Britain today, and the juniors proved against South Korea that they should 
be given more playing time in the Azlan Shah Cup by coach Tai Beng Hai.
  In another match, New Zealand were in a mean mood when they hit a high-five over India to put a dent in their title 
  It was a super start for the Kiwis, considering they only had only 16 players available for the match as Blair Hilton was 
ruled out for appendicitis while his replacement Shay Neal was still on the way coupled with the fact that Hugo Inglis 
could not play due to illness.
 The New Zealand goals were scored by Simon Child (first minute), Andy Hayward (34th), Nick Wilson’ (59th), Stephen Jenness 
(61st),  Matt L’hullier (65th). The India goal was scored by Shivendra Singh in the sixth minute.
    In the first match of the day, last year’s silver medallists Pakistan beat Argentina 4-2 with goals from Muhammad Irfan 
(33rd minute), Sohail Abbas (46th), Haseem Khan  (65th) and Muhammad Waqas (69th).
   The Argentina goal was scored by Gonzalo Peillat (53rd) and Mathias Parades (62nd).
   RESULTS: Pakistan 4 Argentina 2, New Zealand 5 India 1, South Korea 1 Malaysia 1.
    TODAY: New Zealand v Argentina (4pm), Britain  v Malaysia (6pm), South Korea  v India (8pm).
    SUNDAY: New Zealand v Pakistan (4pm), South Korea v Argentina (6pm), Britain v India (8pm).
    MAY 28: South Korea v Pakistan (4pm), Britain v Argentina (6pm), India v Malaysia (8pm).
     MAY 30:  Argentina  v  India (4pm), Britain v New Zealand (6pm), Pakistan  v Malaysia (8pm).
     MAY 31: Britain v South Korea (4pm), Pakistan v India (6pm), New Zealand  v  Malaysia (8pm).
     JUNE 2: South Korea v New Zealand (4pm), Britain v Pakistan (6pm), Argentina v Malaysia (8pm).

Super 4-2 show from Pakistan


LAST years silver medallists Pakistan defeated Argentina 4-2 in the opening match of the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh yesterday.
    They almost squandered a 2-0 lead before scoring the winner five minutes from time to take all three points.
   It was however a scrappy performance from both teams as they tried to get accustomed to the blue pitch, similar to the surface in Olympics in London this July.
   It was a rather slow start to the match as both the teams opted to hold on to the ball instead of throwing numbers forward.
   Thus it was a boring opening ten minutes as there was hardly a shot a goal, let alone a penalty corner.
   The first real opening fell to Pakistan as Shabbir Ahmad Khan was not picked up by defenders in the semi circle and his snap shot was well kept out by Argentina’s custodian Juan Manuel Vivaldi.
    Pakistan were awarded a penalty corner in the 22nd minute and although the ever reliable Sohail Abbas was on the pitch, a poor stop foiled any decent attempt on goal.
   Argentina too failed to take advantage of a penalty corner in the 29th minute when the attempt by Pedro Ibarra deflected off the stick of another Argentine player and went wide.
    But Pakistan were not to be denied as two minutes before halftime Muhammad Irfan was put through by Shafqat Rasool and his shot sailed into goal past a rooted Vivaldi.
   Argentina had an opportunity to draw level in the 46th minute when Irfan was adjudged to have fouled Santiago Montelli. But it was muffed as they failed to stop cleanly.
    A penalty corner to Pakistan in the 46th minute dealt a double blow for the South American side.  Ibarra was yellow carded for breaking the penalty corner defence and Sohail Abbas then stepped up to convert the penalty corner, giving Pakistan a 2-0 lead.
    Argentina reduced the deficit in the 53rd minute as Gonzalo Peillat scored off a penalty corner with Ibarra still on the sidelines.
    In the 62nd minute it was all square when Mathias Parades sneaked up behind the defence to slot the ball home after a through ball by Mathias Villa.
    Pakistan were stunned and upped the ante. They were duly rewarded as Haseem Khan deflected a shot by Irfan from the right in the 65th minute to put Pakistan 3-2 ahead.
    Muhammad Waqas completed the scoring, deflecting in a shot on the left by Shabbir Ahmad Khan to give Pakistan a 4-2 win.