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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:44:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:46:32 PM

New players help Pahang edge Kelantan in U21 meet

Pahang players celebrate the winning goal scored by M. Nur Amin M. Zulkipli (second from right) against Kelantan during the MHC Under-21 hockey meet on Dec 10, 2013.

Pahang players celebrate the winning goal scored by M. Nur Amin M. Zulkipli (second from right) against Kelantan during the MHC Under-21 hockey meet on Dec 10, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR: A patched-up Pahang team can breathe a sigh of relief after beating Kelantan 3-2 in their opening Group A match of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Pahang had picked up five Perak players – M. Alif Noor Faizal, M. Nur Amin M. Zulkipli, M. Norsyahmi Rasidi, M. Firdaus Mohd Suhaini and Mohd Fahmi Faiz Mad Isa – on Saturday after the quintet were not selected for their team.

And it proved to be a good piece of business for Pahang as Fahmi Faiz and Nur Amin made the difference in Tuesday’s match, which began an hour late due to heavy rain.

Pahang went on the offensive in the opening minutes but it was Kelantan who struck first through a penalty corner conversion by Mohd Nadzim Hamzah in the 23rd minute.

The match only picked up pace in the second half, after Pahang equalised through a Fahmi Faiz field goal in the 44th minute.

Kelantan restored their one-goal lead seven minutes later through a penalty corner by Nur Badrulzaman Mohamad.

Pahang, who began to come together as the match wore on, capitalised on a Kelantan mistake to draw level once again through a penalty corner by Nur Amin in the 58th minute.

Nur Amin then grabbed the winner in stoppage time.

Tags / Keywords: hockey, Under-21, Pahang, Kelantan, Nur Amin M. Zulkipli, Mohd Fahmi Faiz Mad Isa

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