BUKIT Jalil Sports School Thunderbolts' (BJSS) Arif Sabron scored four goals to single-handedly beat Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) Thunderbolts 4-3 in the TNB Cup finals at the national stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Staring with a total 16 goals to his name, Arif Sabron also ended as the Junior Hockey League's top scorer with a total of 20 goals.
Yesterday, Arif Sabron delivered two field and two penalty corner goals to deny STMI their fifth consecutive double.
For the record, BJSS last won the TNB Cup in 2009 when they beat Bandar Penawar Sports School, which is now called SSTMI.
"This is a very proud moment for BJSS and credit is due to the entire team for playing as a unit and never giving up even though they were down 1-3 at one point.
"Arif Sabron's four goals were precious, and he deserved credit, for he has been consistent the entire season," said BJSS team manager K. Rajan.
The match exploded in the dying minutes of the first half, when SSTMI's Akhimullah Anuar scored a field goal in the 34th minute.
After the break, Luqman Hakim made it 2-0 with a 43rd minute strike.
But just after the re-start, BJSS narrowed the gap to 2-1 with Arif Sabron scoring in the 44th minute.
However, Arif Syafie gave SSTMI breathing space with a quick strike in the 46th minute for a two-goal cushion.
BJSS refused to cave in, and Arif Sabron scored his second penalty corner goal in the 57th minute to lit the come-back fire.
Arif Sabron then nailed his hat-trick, in the 62nd minute, and this time if was off a field attempt to tie to score at 3-3.
And after after that, Arif Sabron delivered yet again with a penalty forner rebound in the 69th minute for his fourth goal of the match and it also made him the top scorer of the tournament with a total of 20 goals.
Meanwhile, SSTMI-Thunderbolts edged Anderson Thunderbolts 2-1 in shoot-out after regulation time ended 2-2.
Idris Samad scored a brace for SSP-MSP in the 17th, 58th minutes, but Anderson came back strongly in the second half to draw the match with goals from Nur Syahmi Zulkifli (40th) and Azrai Aizad (55th).
However the Ipoh school, which rose from Division One, lost in shoot-out due to inexperience. SSP-MSP received RM15,000 while Anderson RM10,000.
Meanwhile, the national seniors squad held South Korea 3-3 in the Second Test in Auckland yesterday with goals from Nik Aiman (fourth,51st) and Haziq Samsul (35th) In the First Test, Malaysia won 2-1. The team will now head for Australia for four more matches against the World No 1.
ROLL-OF-HONOUR -- Best Player: Alif Syazwan (SSTMI Thunderbolts) (RM1,500); Man-of-the-Match: Akhimullah Anuar (BJSS Thunderbolts) (RM1,500); Best Goalkeeper: Hafiz Ali (SSP-MSP Thunderbolts) (RM1,500); Top-Scorer: Arif Sabron (BJSS Thunderbolts, 20 goals) (RM1,500); Fair-Play: SSTMI Juniors (RM3,000).
RESULTS: TNB CUP Final: SSTMI 3 BJSS 4; Third-Fourth: Anderson 2 SSP-MSP 2 (SSP-MSP win 2-1 in shoot-out).