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Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 5:39:00 PM
Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 5:40:39 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Juniors again lost to India in their second hockey friendly at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.
The Malaysians, who lost 2-4 on Friday, were beaten 3-4.
Malaysia led 2-1 at half-time but a strong second-half performance by India allowed the hosts to wrap up the game and the three-match series.
Meor Azuan Mohamed gave Malaysia a flying start with a field goal in the 19th minute. Zulhairi Hashim added the second in the 23rd minute off a penalty corner.
India, however, managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Affan Yusof.
The Indians then got the game all sewn up in a nine-minute spell in the second half.
Gurjinder Singh scored the equaliser with a penalty corner drag flick in the 40th minute. Sukhmanjit Singh then increased the lead to 3-2 with another set-piece goal in the 47th minute. Two minutes later, Mandeep Singh made it 4-2.
Malaysia tried to stage a fightback but could only manage one more goal through Zulhairi in the 61st minute.
Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said although there was improvement in the overall performance, the team still missed good goalscoring chances.
“We need to improve on the way we defend during penalty corners as the Indians managed to score two out of the three awarded to them during the match. We had five penalty corners and scored two.
“Another area that we need to improve is the finishing. We had a few clear chances but the forwards squandered them,” added the former international forward.
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