UNIKL Young Guns came back from a goal down to edge Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) 2-1 in Division One of the Junior Hockey League Friday.
It was an important come-back because the three points has placed UniKL in a good position to finish among the top-four and play in the TNB Cup quarter-finals.
PJCC took the lead off Raihan Romli in the 10th minute, but UniKL's drag flicker Khairulamirin Jalil equalised in the 45th and then claimed the winner in the 47th minute.
Double champions SSTMI Thunderbolts were given the fight of their lives by BJSS Thunderbolts before winning 6-5 in another Division One match. But Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak) Tigers suffered a set-back in their quarter-finals quest when they lost 5-3 to Nur Insafi.
"This was one of our worst game this season but we still claimed an important victory thanks to our drag flicker Khairulamirin. Khairul is a very good penalty corner flicker but he still does not have the self confidence yet. Once he gets it, he will be among the best in the country," said UniKL coach I. Vickneswaran.
UniKL play Nur Insafi next, and a win will cement their last eight quest.
"Nur Insafi, even though languishing at the bottom of the pool, can't be taken lightly. We will have to play better hockey than today to beat them. That match will be like a final for us, as it will decide our destiny. After that we play the toughest match of the season which is against champions elect SSTMI Thunderbolts," said Vickneswaran.
RESULTS -- Division One: SSTMI Thunderbolts 6 BJSS Thunderbolts 5, PJCC 1 UniKL Young Guns 2, Nurinsafi 5 OLAK Tigers 3, SMKDBL Young Guns 3 SSTMI Juniors 1.
Division Two: Group A: MSN-PHP Perlis Young Lion Juniors 4 MSS Kedah 0.
Group B: MSSWPKL 3 STAR 2, Felda Juniors 2 Anderson Thunderbolts 5, MSNPK-ILHC 1 Anderson PHA 5.
Group C: TBSS Tampin 1 Malacca High School 4, Sabah Sports School x Young Hurricanes x, SMKDBL Juniors 3 MSNT-PHT 1.
SATURDAY -- Division One: SSTMI Juniors v BJSS Thunderbolt (SSTMI), Politeknik Malaysia v SSTMI Thunderbolts (Taman Daya).
Division Two – Group A: MATRI v SM Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah (Kangar), KHA Kedah Juniors v MCKK (Sg Petani). Group B: Anderson Thunderbolt v BJSS Juniors (Azlan Shah), MISCF-UFL v MSNPK/ILHC (KLHA Stadium).
Group C: SM Sains Johor v MSNT-PHT (Batu Pahat, 3.0pm); SMK Dato Bentara Luar Juniors v Akademi Hoki Pahang (Batu Pahat), SMK Dato Taha v Young Hurricanes Malacca (Seremban II).
Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.
P W D L F A Pts
SSTMI TNDER' 6 6 0 0 32 9 18
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS 7 4 1 2 16 16 13
SSP-MSP-TNDER' 5 4 0 1 28 7 12
BJSS TNDER' 5 3 0 2 16 11 9
OLAK TIGERS 7 3 0 4 17 24 9
POLITEKNIK 5 2 1 2 9 8 7
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 7 2 1 4 13 17 7
PJCC 6 2 0 4 8 13 6
NURINSAFI 6 1 2 3 11 24 5
SSTMI JRS 6 0 1 5 6 27 1