KLSS Juniors player Mohd Syahir Shah Busnaning (right) dribbles past Permatang Juniors player Mohd Fitri Afzan Mohd Zaba in their MJHL Division Two match at the KL Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Last season’s runners-up Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) played badly but still bagged all three points to get their Division One challenge in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysia Junior Hockey League off to a winning start.
Although woeful with their finishing, MBPJ managed to edge Anderson-Perak SEDC 2-1 at the Education Ministry Pitch in Jalan Pantai on Sunday.
Anderson, however, deserve credit for showing more resilience, despite playing their second match in 24 hours. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Malacca High School on Saturday.
MBPJ opened the scoring in the 19th minute through a well-worked field goal, with Abdul Halim Jalil finishing off the move. Mohd Helmi Jaafar then converted a penalty stroke in the 58th minute to give the MBPJ a 2-0 lead.
Anderson reduced the deficit through Syamsul Azraf Shahnun Zubir in the 67th minute with a field attempt but it was too late to spark a comeback.
MBPJ coach coach Azlan Saufi Ahmad Sufian was happy to collect full points despite their poor display.
“It was a poor performance ... but what matters are the three points. It was our first match and we were a bit rusty,” he said.
“We were also lucky as Anderson finished the game stronger.”
Anderson coach Mohamed Nizam, meanwhile, said that it was back to the drawing board for them.
“It was generally a poor performance although we wanted to win badly,” he said.
“We started slowly and paid the price. Our next two matches are at home and we need to get back to winning ways.”
In Division Two, Nur Insafi took charge of Group A after beating PH Kota Star 4-1 at the Sungai Petani Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
It was Nur Insafi’s second win in the group and puts them at the top of the standings with six points.
Nur Rahul Hrsikesa bagged a hat-trick (8th, 21st, 42nd) while Aidil Zafri Mohd Zahid (10th) got the other for Nur Insafi.
Mohd Syazani Mohd Shauqi scored the Kota Star team’s consolation goal in the 64th minute.
In a Division Two Group B match at the KL Hockey Stadium, KL Sports School Juniors-MSSWP bounced back from an opening day mauling by Olak to thrash Permatang Juniors 5-1.
KLSS Juniors, who lost 6-0 on Friday, opened accounts through Mohd Azreen Mustama. Permatang Juniors hit back at the stroke of half-time through Mirza Aizat Mohd Yusof.
The KL side then turned on the power in the second half to net four goals through Nur Najibullah Ramlee (43rd), Fadhzil Ashraf Zakaria (46th), Alif Haikal Norizan (57th) and Khuzairi Aiman Zuhairy (67th).