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Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 9:09:00 PM
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by ashreena pillai
Mohd Akmal Mohd Tajuddin (left) of Perak aiming to score past Pahang's goalkeeper Benney Anggara Yusuf during their MHC Under 21 hockey match on Monday. Perak won the match 10-1. - The STAR/ Azhar Arif
KUALA LUMPUR: Perak bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Malacca in superb fashion – mauling Pahang 10-1 in their Group A match of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Perak, who lost 2-1 to defending champions Malacca, took no prisoners as they pulled out yet another big victory over Pahang on Monday.
It was their biggest winning margin in the tournament so far, having previously beaten Sabah 5-0 and Penang 6-2.
Perak went on the offensive right from the whistle to score through Shahru Shahadan Basir (4th minute), Muhammad Akmal Mohd Tajuddin (12th, 27th) and Mohd Harris Fadila Zulkafli (35th) for a 4-0 lead at half-time.
They continued to score at will after the break through Mohd Soffian Kamaruddin (36th, 64th, 65th) and Akmal (46th, 55th).
Pahang, who contributed to their downfall by scored an own goal in the 54th minute, got their consolation goal through Mohd Fahmi Abdullah in the 69th minute.
“It was a good win. After losing to Malacca, we were chasing the win and also a big goal difference to boost our chances (of qualifying) and we got it. Hopefully, the other teams will drop points ... that will allow us to sneak in,” said a beaming Perak coach Manjit Singh.
Penang edged Malacca 1-0 to top Group A with 12 points from five games. Perak are tied for second with Terengganu on 10 points each but Perak have a better goal difference.
Perak have scored 24 goals and conceded seven while Terengganu have only netted 13 and let in eight.
But yesterday’s big win over Pahang came at a cost for Perak as six of their players – hat-trick hero Soffian, Mohd Zulhamizan Awang Abas, Mohd Fitri Ismail, Mohd Najib Abu Hassan, Syed Mohd Sayfiq Syed Cholan and Azril Misron – will be carrying injuries heading into their final group match against bottom-side Kelantan today.
In Group B, Selangor also bounced back from their 5-1 loss to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, to romp to a 7-0 win over Perlis with goals from Faridzul Afiq Mohd, Nur Amirul Syamim Khalid, Faiq Razin Zariq Idris, Nor Nashriq Farhan Nor Azman and Umar Hakim Ahmad Robangi (three).
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