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Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 10:00:00 PM
Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 10:22:31 PM
by ashreena pillai
Penang's Mohd Hafify Rodzi (right) dribbles pass Terengganu's Shahiram Zali in the MHC Under-21 hockey match on Tuesday. Penang won 4-1 to enter the semi-finals. - SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Penang booked their berth in the semi-finals of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament after an emphatic 4-1 win over Terengganu at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Tuesday.
Terengganu, who had to win the match to give themselves a chance of qualifying from the group stages, struck first with a field goal by Ahmad Aliff Naqiuddin Ahmad Nadhri in the fifth minute.
However, Penang turned on the power with Mohd Rahimi Iskandar grabbing the equaliser via a field goal in the 13th minute.
He struck again in the 26th minute via a penalty corner before Mohammad Hafify Rodzi added another goal seven minutes later to put Penang 3-1 up at the break.
Mohd Ashraf Bahari then added a field goal in the 50th minute to seal the win for Penang.
Penang coach Bob Rajendran was full of praise for his charges, crediting their ability to bounce back from the 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Perak to their fighting spirit and determination.
Penang, who qualify as winners of Group A, will meet Selangor in today’s final. Selangor secured their place in the last four with a 5-2 win over Johor.
“Everyone has been saying it is best to avoid KL, but that doesn’t mean Selangor are pushovers. Sometimes the scoreline doesn’t do the team any justice and we can’t hold them to it,” said Bob.
“It wasn’t very smooth sailing for us either. We nearly got a scare against Kelantan and the match against Malacca was also very close. So it will all come to play during the match. If they stick to the game plan, and with our goalkeeper bringing his A-game, we have a fighting chance tomorrow (today).”
In Group B, Kuala Lumpur maintained their unbeaten run to advance into the semi-finals as group winners after beating Negri Sembilan 5-0 on Tuesday.
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