ANDERSON Thunderbolts edged Sabah Sports School 5-4 to qualify for the TNB CUP quarter-finals in a nerve-racking encounter at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil Thursday.
Six teams from Division Two are involved in the play-off in Group X and Y, and four will advance to the quarter-finals.
Anderson were the first to achieve the feat as they had beaten Penang MSSPP-USM 10-1 on Wednesday.
Anderson joins three other Thunderbolts from Division One -- SSTMI, BJSS and SSP-MSP -- in the last eight while the other qualifier from Division One is UniKL Young Guns.
Anderson team manager Saiyuti Samad was elated with the fact that they not only made the last eight, but also topped Group B and gained promotion to Division One next year.
"This is a great moment to savour for us because we have achieved three of our goals and are looking forward to play in the knock-out. The goal is, obviously, to advance to the semis," said Saiyuti.
Barely a few months under the Thunderbolts programme sponsored by Tenaga Nasional, Anderson has transformed rapidly to rise to Division One.
"We receive coaching, equipment and allowance support from Tenaga under the Thunderbolts programme and to a certain extent, it helped my boys to become better players in a short span," said Saiyuti.
The Anderson goals were scored by Najme Hayazi (10th, 50th), Akram Hakkam (20th), Fuad Zaquan (57th) and just when the score was tied at 4-4, captain marvel Nur Syahmi Zulkifli delivered the winner in the 65th minute.
Sabah Sports School scored off Muhajir Rauf (16th), Saifuddin Azli (23rd, 48th) and Haziq Asyraaf (60th).
Sabah will now face Penang MSSP-USM today in another exciting Group X play-off and the winner will advance to the quarters.
In Group Y, BJSS Juniors and TBSS Tampin played to a 1-1 draw, and the crucial match between TBSS and Perlis Young Lions Juniors will decide which two teams advance to the quarter-finals.
JHL Division Two Playoffs: Results: Group X: Penang MSSPP-USM 1 Anderson Thunderbolts 10; Group Y: Perlis Young Lions Juniors 3 BJSS Juniors 4.
Group X: Anderson Thunderbolts 5 Sabah Sports School 4; Group Y: BJSS Juniors 1 v TBSS Tampin 1.
FRIDAY: Group X: Sabah Sports School v Penang MSSP-USM (National Stadium Pitch II); Group Y: TBSS Tampin v Perlis Young Lions Juniors (National Stadium Pitch II, 7pm).
GIRLS JHL -- FRIDAY: Group A: SSTMI Thunderbolts v SMK Tun Hussein Onn (SSTMI), Southern Girls v Sabah Sports School (Batu Pahat), SMK Za'aba v Selangor Girls (Kuala Pilah).
Group B: MSN Kedah v YP-MSP-PHP (Padang Serai), SMKGR Highlanders v MSNT-SMKPM (Gunung Rapat), Kuala Lumpur Wipers v SMK Sultan Ibrahim (KLHA).
Note: Matches start at 5pm unless stated.
P W D L F A Pts
ANDERSON 2 2 0 0 15 5 6
SABAH 1 0 0 1 4 5 0
PENANG 1 0 0 1 1 10 0
P W D L F A Pts
BJSS JNRS 1 1 0 0 4 3 3
TBSS TAMPIN 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
PERLIS 1 0 0 1 3 4 0