Wednesday October 17, 2012
Malacca go on rampage in Division Two
By Aftar Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Kuala Lumpur booked a place in the semi-finals of the Razak Cup hockey tournament in style – beating Armed Forces 7-4 in a Division One Group A match at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium.
KL thus top the group with six points from two matches and will wrap up the fixtures against Negri Sembilan tomorrow.
Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim was the hero for KL with a hattrick in the 15th, 38th and 41st minutes. He has scored five goals, thus far.
Mohd Taufik Abdul Hamid (10th, 35th) and Mahinder Singh (20th, 65th) were the other scorers for KL.
Mohd Hanip Che Halim (50th, 66th), Razali Hazemi (5th) and Mohd Rahimie Abdul Razak (46th) replied for Forces.
In another Group A match, Perak bounced back from their 6-1 opening loss to KL to beat Negri Sembilan 3-1. Hafifihafiz Hanafi gave Perak the lead in the 41st minute before Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi doubled their lead 10 minutes later.
But Negri reduced the deficit with a field goal through Mohd Ikhwan Ishak in the 65th minute. But Hafifihafiz sealed victory two minutes later with his second – and the team’s third – goal.
Perak need to beat Forces tomorrow to get into the last four.
KL coach I. Vickneswaran was clearly unhappy with his team’s performance despite the win.
“We did not play well ... the players made fundamental mistakes in stopping, pushing and hitting,” said the former international.
“It looks like the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which ended last Wednesday, has taken its toll on them.”
Vickneswaran said they have only 17 players to pick from as national midfielder Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor is still recovering from a knee injury.
Malacca went on a rampage in Division Two when they hammered a hapless Kelantan 11-1 for their second straight win.
On Monday, they defeated Police 5-2. Ahmad Anuar Sham Kamar scored four goals (34th, 38th, 41st and 58th) while his younger brother Hafiz Seleman netted a hat-trick (44th, 47th and 68th).
B. Namasivayam (43rd, 60th), Amirullah Zainol (21st) and Dedy Ariadi Junaidi (24th) completed the scoring for Malacca.
Kelantan’s consolation goal was scored by Azmi Deraman (28th).
Selangor also notched their second win by defeating Sabah 6-3. They lead the Division Two standings with seven points from two wins and a draw.
Selangor drew 2-2 with Police before trouncing Kelantan 10-0.