Saturday, November 17, 2012

Malaysia hold India 3-3

MALAYSIA ended up on the bottom of the Sultan of Johor Cup standings when they could only hold India to a 3-3 draw at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.
  The match was delayed by two hours after thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the fixtures. 

  MALAYSIA ended up on the bottom of the Sultan of Johor Cup standings when they could only hold India to a 3-3 draw at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.
  And the hosts will play New Zealand in the fifth-sixth classification match today, while India will square off against Germany for the gold medal.
 Yesterday, Germany beat Pakistan 3-0 for nine points, while Australia beat New Zealand 5-1 also or nine points, but the Germans advance to the final on a better goal difference.
  Malaysia will now either play New Zealand of Pakistan for the fifth-sixth spot on Sunday afternoon.
  Though it was a much better performance, the defenders were guilty of ball watching while the forwards failed to finish off the chances created.
 In the very first minute India sounded their intention of not letting Malaysia have things easy as Akashdeep Singh broke through the middle and his effort went just past the upright.
  However, three successive penalty corners by India failed to produce results as Gagandeep Singh sent the first two into the foot of the first runner while the third balooned over the upright.
  India took the lead in the 19th minute through a brilliant solo effort from Akashdeep who sliiped the ball past goalkeeper Hafizuddin Othman.
  And in the 25th minute Gagandeep Singh made it 2-0 off a penalty corner attempt.
  Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 28th minute and Noor Faeez Ibrahim sent the ball past Indian custodian Sushant Tirkey before he could blink.
   However Faeez picked up a knock in the process and sat out the remaining of the first half.
   Malaysia drew level in the 45th minute when Firhan Ashaari ghosted in from the right before pushing the ball into an unattended goalmouth with Sushant beaten.
  India were awarded two penalty corners in the 48th and 58th minutes and but both were kept out by stout defending by the Malaysians.
   However a lapse in concentration allowed the ball across the face of the Malaysian goal and it fell to Gurmail Singh who had the easiest of tasks to slot home to give India a 3-2 lead.
  But Faeez had the final say scoring the equaliser in the 69th minute.
  RESULTS: Germany 3 Pakistan 0, India 3 Malaysia 3, New Zealand 1 Australia 5.


              P  W  D  L  F  A Pts
INDIA         5  3  2  0  11 5  11
GERMANY       5  3  0  2  13 7  9
AUSTRALIA     5  3  0  2  13 8  9
PAKISTAN      5  1  2  2  6  11 5
N ZEALAND     5  1  1  3  11 18 4
MALAYSIA      5  1  1  3  10 15 4

Negri beat Malacca

NEGRI Sembilan registered their first win in the MHC-Milo-NSC-MOE National Under-14 when they beat Malacca 3-1 at the Seremban Two Hockey Stadium yesterday.
  In their opening match against Perak the previous day, the hosts lost by a similar scoreline.
   And defending champions Kuala Lumpur edged Perlis 2-1 to continue their winning run.
   However, it was Malacca that took the lead the third minute through Irsyad Amir but Negri equalised in the 27th minute through Abduul Syafiq and Hilmi Hairuddin put Negri ahead in the 54th minute before Mahathir Rathuwan converted a penalty stroke two minutes before time to seal the win.
  Defending champions Kuala Lumpur had to depend on two strikes from Fitri Khairul in the 13th and 47th minutes for the win. Perlis scored in the stoppage time trough Kamaruddin Kodir Beraheng but it was too late.
   Last year’s losing finalists Terengganu had to struggle to subdue Sabah 2-1.
  Amirul Mirza opened scoring in the 14th minute before Ahmad Taufik Jamil doubled the advantage in the 49th minute. But Sabah scored a consolation through Calvianus Sikta a minute before the end of regulation time.
  Results: Group A: Johor 6 Pahang 0, Kuala Lumpur 2 Perlis 1.
  Group B: Terengganu 2 Sabah 1, Perak 3 Kedah 0, Malacca 1 Negri Sembilan 3.
  TODAY: Group A: Selangor v Johor (8am), Kelantan v Pahang (4.30pm); Group B: Penang v Sabah (8am), Terengganu v Perak (4pm), Kedah v Negri Sembiulan (6pm).