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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 7:21:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 7:22:52 PM

U-21 hockey: Firdaus leads Malacca to victory

Muhammad Firdaus Omar (left) scored two goals for Malacca to help them beat Kelantan 3-0 in the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament.

Muhammad Firdaus Omar (left) scored two goals for Malacca to help them beat Kelantan 3-0 in the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament.

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Malacca beat Kelantan 3-0 in their opening Group A match of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Wednesday.

However, it was hardly convincing stuff from the 2011 winners (there was no competition in 2012) who began the match on the back burner with Kelantan dictating play in the first 10 minutes.

However, a penalty corner by Muhammad Firdaus Omar in the 15th minute put Malacca in the lead and galvanised his team into action.

Firdaus scored again 11 minutes later through a field goal.

Kelantan did themselevs no favour when they scored an own goal at the stroke of half-time to put Malacca 3-0 up.

However, it was a forgettable second half as Malacca seemed to have lost the edge, missing a couple of penalty corners and good chances to kill off the match.

Malacca may have got the three points, but the side will have to stay awake and improve their game if they are to defend the title.

“It wasn’t the best of performances. We didn’t play a good game. We seemed to be so over-confident in the second half that we just failed to convert any chances,” said the visibly unimpressed Malacca coach Azrul Effendy Bistaman.

Malacca, who played their match at 4pm, had only arrived in KL at noon and Azrul believes this could have been a contributing factor to his side’s below par performance.

“We only arrived at noon today so I don’t know if we were lethargic or tired from travelling. But we’ll assess the issue and try to nip it in the bud.

“We’ll do our recovery after this and get ourselves prepared for Terengganu tomorrow. They’re always a strong team and we expect it to be a tough match,” he said.    

Tags / Keywords: hockey, MHC Under-21, Malacca, Kelantan, Muhammad Firdaus Omar

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