Sunday, November 18, 2012

Negri continue winning ways..

NEGRI Sembilan registered their second win in as many days when they defeated Kedah 4-0 in the MHC-Milo-NSC-MOE National Under-14 tournament at the Seremban II Stadium yesterday.
   Two goals each from Mahathir Rathuwan (10th, 24th minutes) and Hilmi Hairuddin (26th, 35th) gave the hosts a resounding win although they really should have added to their tally in the second half.
  Penang registered a 6-2 win over Sabah who had done well in earlier matches restricting their opponents to just one goal margin of defeat.
  Aiman Asyraff put Penang ahead in the 11th minute, converting a penalty corner. But Shello Silverus made it all square in the 15th minute, only for Penang to regain the lead in the 19th minute via Afif Haikal Azhar.
  Silverus scored his second to pull his team level in the 22nd minute via a penalty corner.
  But that was as far as Sabah could last as Penang added another four goals in the second half through Azim Ilias (42nd), Ytengku Ariff Haikal (57th minute), Safirul Sazali (66th) and Farhan Rozi (69th).
  Meanwhile Selangor defeated Johor 3-1 with the Selangor goals coming from Asyraff Nazri (47th), Fariq Razin (50th) and Faisol Rohizan (67th). Johor’s solitary goal was scored by Amirul Hanis in the 27th minute.
  Perak continued their winning ways by defeating last year’s runner up Terengganu 3-1 to consolidate their lead in Group B.
  And the battle of the east coast states, between Kelantan and Pahang, ended scoreless.

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FROM champions, Malaysia finished last in the second edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium yesterday.
  After taking a 1-0 lead against New Zealand, Malaysia allowed the Kiwis to come back into the match and then score the golden goal off the only penalty corner they won in the match.
   Malaysia have only themselves to blame as they dominated the match but failed to make full use of the nine penalty corners in the match, only converting one.
   It was a disappointing end to what promised to be a great tournament for the defending champions after they had beaten five-times world junior champions Germany 3-2 in the opening match.
   Yesterday, despite winning five penalty corners in the first half, Malaysia failed to make any headway.
   And then the match was stopped for 25 minutes, in the 28th minute, due to rain, but after the restart, Malaysia were still clueless.
   It was only in the in the 48th minute when Noor Faeez Ibrahim played the ball wide of the left post for a diving Shazril Irwan Nazli to score in a penalty corner set-piece.
   But the Kiwis were back on level terms in the 58th minute through Jared Panchia and in extra time they scored off their only penalty corner of the match in the 72nd minute through Kane Russel to take the fifth spot.
   "For sure this is a disappointing tournament as from defending champions we ended last in the pool. But there are many things to be learnt from ths tournament, and we will be taking the good into the Junior World Cup training after this," said Malaysian coach K. Dharmaraj.
  Malaysia have qualified for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi next year, and have exactly 12 months to improve their game.
  RESULTS: Final -- India x Germany x; Third-Fourth: Pakistan 2 Australia 2 (Australia win on golden goal); Fifth-Sixth: Malaysia 1 New Zealand 1 (NZ win on golden goal).