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by ashreena pillai
KUALA LUMPUR: Perak bounced back in style to thrash Pahang 5-1 in their Group B match and qualified for the boys’ semi-finals of the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey championships at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Perak, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Johor on Wednesday, struck first in the seventh minute through a Mohd Aiman Zahari penalty corner.
Sutrisno Saimin pulled one back for Pahang in the 20th minute before Aiman put Perak ahead again with another penalty corner just before the break.
Needing either a win or a draw to qualify for the last four, Perak turned on the power in the second half to score through Mohd Najme Ahmad Hayazi (43rd and 46th minutes) and Mohd Johari Sani (61st).
Perak top Group B with 10 points and will meet Group A runners-up Terengganu next.
“I’m glad the boys managed to put yesterday’s (Wednesday) setback behind them and start playing their usual hockey. Most importantly, though, they stuck to the game plan,” said Perak coach Mohd Nizam Mohd Hashim.
After failing to progress beyond the group stage last year, Mohd Nizam doesn’t mind his team being tagged as underdogs this time.
“We didn’t qualify last year, so we’re kind of like the underdogs, which is okay for us. The way I see it, we’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.
“We’ll go all out for a win tomorrow. There is no turning back. The boys want to be in the final and we’ll do all we can to make it a reality.”
In the other Group B match, Malacca qualified for the semi-finals for the third year in a row after beating Johor 4-2 to finish second in the group with seven points from four matches. Malacca coach Mohd Aras Khamis’ side will face Group A winners KL in a rematch of last year’s final.
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