Sunday, January 31, 2016

UniKL Young Guns shoot themselves in foot...

UNIKL Young Guns shot themselves in the foot when they were held to a 2-2 draw by SSTMI Juniors in Division One of the Junior Hockey League yesterday.
  It was an amazing score, as SSTMI Juniors only won their first point of the season after five matches. SSTMI Juniors also have let in 22 goals thus far and are at the bottom of the 10-team Division One standings.
  UniKL, third on the standings on 10 points, will have to play much better in the remaining three matches if they want to play in the knock-out TNB Cup quarter-finals.
  The top four teams in Division One and the-four in Division Two will play in the quarter-finals.
  UniKL took the lead off Haziq Hisyamuddin in the 13th minute, but SSTMI Juniors equalised off Badrul Amin in the 16th minute. Zul Yadain gave UnKL the lead again in the 28th minute, but Fikri Amer stole the first point of the season for his team with a 60th minute strike.
  UniKL coach I. Vickneswaran was dejected with his charges attitude: "I have prepared the team as best as possible for this match but my players never took the opportunities that came their way. They missed too many sitters and penalty corners and now we are in danger of missing the quarter-finals if they keep playing with the same attitude."
  UniKL are a pale shadow of their double silver medal winning side last season, as have lost two matches and drawn one after six games.
  "This is a good lesson as SSTMI Juniors showed us that no team in Division One can be taken lightly. We were punished for thinking that they will give is three points on a platter. 
  "Instead, we lost two crucial points in this match while STMI Juniors had every reason to celebrate this win like they had won the League title itself," said Vickneswaran.
  The JHL takes a two-week break before resuming on Feb 12.
  RESULTS: Division One: BJSS Thunderbolts 2 SMKDBL Young Guns 1, UniKL Young Guns 2 SSTMI Jnrs 2.
  Division Two: Group A: Perlis Young Lions Jnrs 0 MCKK 0, Azlan Shah Science 1 Kedah Jnrs 3, Matri 1 MSS Kedah 5; Group B: MSSWPKL 2 Anderson PHA 4, MISCF-UFL 2 Anderson Thunderbolts 4; Group C: MSNT-PHT 1 TBSS Tampin 7, Pahang Hockey Academy 1 Malacca High 1.


                 P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts

SSTMI TNDER'      5 5 0 0 26 4   15
SSP-MSP-TNDER'    5 4 0 1 28 7   12
UNIKL YOUNG GUNS  6 3 1 2 14 15  10
BJSS TNDER'       4 3 0 1 11  5  9
OLAK TIGERS       6 3 0 3 14 19  9
POLITEKNIK        5 2 1 2 9  8   7
PJCC              5 2 0 3 7  11  6
SMKDBL YOUNG GUNS 6 1 1 4 10  16 4
NURINSAFI         5 0 2 3 6  21  2
SSTMI JRS         5 0 1 4 5  24  1