Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 7:00:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 7:02:55 PM

Clash of big guns in U-21 hockey meet

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor square off in a crucial Group B match of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

Both sides have six points from two games, with KL on top on goal difference after scoring two more than Selangor, who have netted 11 times. Both teams have conceded just one goal each.

After losing to Malacca in the 2011 final, powerhouse KL aim to make amends by regaining the crown.

So far, they have made a prefect start – winning both their matches against Kedah (9-0) and Perlis (4-1).

But Selangor are hot on their trail, having beaten Negri Sembilan 3-1 on Wednesday before thrashing Kedah 8-0 the next day.

The Group B teams have had the luxury of a two-day break and KL team manager P. Silvaraj expects things to heat up as both teams go for maximum points in their push to get past the group stages.

“We’ve had a great start to the tournament, with two wins from two matches ... but we didn’t expect such a big scoreline against Kedah,” said Silvaraj.

“We’ve got a crucial match against Selangor tomorrow (today), and then Negri on Tuesday. These are the two teams we’ve really got to watch out for. So, we still have everything to play for.”

In Group A, leaders Terengganu, with 10 points from four games, take on second-from bottom Sabah today confident of another three points.

Second-placed Perak, who have seven points and a game in hand, have a tougher game in store against defending champions Malacca.

The champions are desperate to salvage their campaign with a win after securing only four points from three matches.

Penang, who also have a match in hand, are joint third with Pahang on six points and should have no problem against basement side Kelantan. 


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