THE Malaysian juniors romped away with a fantastic 8-2 win over Poland juniors in their preparation for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi at the end of the year.
Coach K. Dharmaraj’s boys are on a nine-match Tour of Europe, and had beaten the Polish juniors 7-0 in the first match.
The lost the second match 3-0 to the Polish senior side, who are in training for the European Championships, and bounced back in style again yesterday in Poznan.
Haziq Syamsol gave Malaysia the lead but Poland equalised an minute before the breather.
And after the break, Azwar Rahman scored two field goals in the 40th and 41st minutes to give Malaysia some breathing space, but the Poles hit back to make it 3-2 in the 43rd minute.
But the players kept up the pressure, and the goals came of Syamin Yusof (45th), Nor Aqmal Ghaffar (58th, 63rd) and Dangerous Lee (61st, 65th).
“Poland fielded their full squad, as they brought in five under-21 players from heir senior squad, and it did make a difference in the first half.
“But it was Malaysia’s best performance in the three matches here, as we scored seven field goals and only one off a penalty corner,” said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.
However, even in the euphoria, Mirnawan lamented: “The dark side was that we won seven penalty corners, and only converted one.”
Malaysia will next move to Belgium where they will play three more matches in Antwerp on from Saturday, and wrap up their fixtures with three matches against England.