Monday, November 12, 2012

Malaysia lose 5-2 to New Zealand

MALAYSIA were defeated 5-2 by unsung New Zealand in their second match of the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.
  It was a poor display by Malaysia who lacked imagination, as they held on to the ball for too long and did not use their speed to their advantage.
  And it was a porous defense that leaked goal, especially trapping the ball and not picking u players.
  Still credit must be given to the Kiwis who not only had to face a Malaysian side that oozed confidence after their 3-2 win over 5 times World Junior champions the previous night, but who were cheered on by some 7,000 fans.
  New Zealand had made known their intentions early on as they paid scant respect to the reputation of Malaysia.
  Their breakthrough came in the 17th minute as Angus Hazlett played the ball through to Ben Radovonich who deflected it past a stranded Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie in the Malaysian goal.
  The Kiwis were awarded two penalty corners but on both occasions Malaysian first runner Mohd Izad Jamaluddin stood in their way.
  Malaysia were then awarded their first penalty corner in the 22nd minute. Skipper Mohd Nor Faeez Ibrahim relayed the ball to Izad and his attempt hit New Zealand defender Trent Left on the foot, thus forcing the umpire to award a penalty stroke which Faeez duly converted to level the scores.
  And two minutes later Faeez struck off Malaysia’s second penalty corner to give the defending champions a 2-1 lead.
  But New Zealand were not to be undone as they scored twice in two minutes to regain the lead.
  First it was Brennan Alexander Parker who picked up a loose ball after a mix up by Shahrul and Faeez that saw the ball fall free for the Kiwi to score with relative ease at the far post.
  And in the 32nd minute Radovonich sneaked behind the Malaysian defense and tapped in a cross, with the entire defense caught flatfooted.
  Things got worse for Malaysia in the second half as New Zealand added to their goal tally via Kane Russel in the 47th minute through a penalty corner before Michael Ritchie left the Malaysian defenders trailing as he raced through to slot the ball past Shahrul five minutes later.
  Muhammad Ramadhan Rosli could have narrowed the deficit but shot wide with only keeper Richard Joyce to beat in the 57th minute as the hosts slumped to a 5-2 defeat.

India scalp Germany as Divali gift..


Australia bounced back from an opening match defeat to defeat Pakistan 5-1 in a rain-affected match at the Sultan of Johor Cup.

India placed themselves as the firm favourites in the Sultan of Johor Cup after they beat five-time World Cup holders Germany 3-1 at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.
And it was a perfect gift to the Indian public as Diwali, the festival of lights falls on Tuesday. Two wins over two top teams, Australia and Germany have given India the perfect start for the tournament.
    The Germans were never in the match in the first half, as Mandeep Singh ran circles around their defence and scored two brilliant goals.
   Mandeep’s first was in the eighth minute, which he tucked in from close range and even before the crowd could stop celebrating, he nailed his second.
   And this time, it was right after the re-start, Mandeep weaved his magic and beat German goalkeeper Victor Aly from close range,
  The Germans won three penalty corners in the first half, but could not find the mark.
  After the breather, Germany went on the offensive and were duly rewarded when Alexander Schollkopf converted a penalty corner in the 40th minute.
  Hardly had the cheers died down that India struck for the third time as Akashdeep Singh broke clear on left, went past Victor and sent a reverse stick hit sailing into goal to make it 3-1.