Tuesday February 12, 2013
Malaysia win again despite poor show
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia put up a disjointed performance but it was still good enough for them to prevail 3-0 over Ireland in their second Test match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Malaysians, who won the first Test 4-2 on Sunday, have now wrapped up the three-Test series 2-0.
Malaysia took to the field yesterday for the second Test without the guidance of coach Paul Revington, who was down with flu.
Assistant coach A. Arulselvaraj took charge of the national team, who won with two goals by Ismail Abu and a penalty corner effort by Mohd Razie Rahim.
“We played well and had plenty of chances to win it. We’re still in the learning process and finding the true value of the players in the squad. The main thing is to give the players a chance to prove themselves. There was no lack of goal scoring opportunities. Ireland were tough as always and gave us a good game,” said Arulselvaraj.
The Irish played a very defensive game and only came alive in the second half but it wasn’t enough for them to trouble the Malaysians, who controlled most parts of the match.
Ireland coach Andrew Meredith blamed jet lag for his team’s loss but felt that the match provided his men with a good workout.
“I’m more concerned about their performance than the results. We’re in the final lap of preparations for the World League Round Two in India next week. So, the players need matches like this to prepare for the challenge,” he said.
“We lost today due to our silly mistakes ... it’s a harsh lesson for the players. The three matches will be invaluable for the team. Malaysia have always been tough opponents and they always play good hockey.”
In the first Test on Sunday, Chua Boon Huat, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Norhizzat Sumattri and Azlan Misron got Malaysia’s goals while Ireland replied through Eugene Magee and Shane O’Donaghue.
The third Test tomorrow will be played at the same venue at 7pm.