SSTMI Thunderbolt's Mohd Amirol Aideed (right) try to stop MBPJ's Mohd Faizzil Zairollail during their Malaysian Junior Hockey League Div 1 match at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru on Friday. Thunderbolt won 6-0. - Lim Cheng Kiat/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: It was hyped up as the battle of the title contenders. But it ended up as nothing more than a stroll in the park for defending champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt as they crushed MBPJ 6-0 in Division One of the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.
Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazlan starred for Thunderbolt with a hat-trick – in the 31st, 51st and 67th minutes. The other goals were scored by Mohd Amirol Aideed (35th), Mohd Sufi Ismat (37th) and Danial Ashraf (47th).
Thunderbolt now lead the standings with nine points from three matches, followed by Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and MBPJ on six points.
UniKL enjoyed a fruitful evening as well, hammering Malacca High School 5-0 at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium in Malacca on Friday.
UniKL dominated the first half, earning six penalty corners – but all in vain.
But it didn’t matter because the KL team still managed to find the breakthrough early in the match – through a Jamil Johari Ghazali field goal in the fifth minute.
UniKL doubled their lead through Mohd Ikwan Ishak in the 32nd minute before Mohd Hafif Elkan made it 3-0 five minutes later from a penalty corner rebound.
Further goals by Mohd Haikal Zamri in the 51st minute and another by Hafif in the 66th minute sealed the win.
UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi was happy with the win but miffed with their poor penalty conversion rate.
“We had 10 penalty corners but couldn’t convert any. We have to improve on this aspect if we are to be considered title contenders,” he said.
“I am happy that the players are gaining in confidence and more settled in their moves. We have to work harder in the coming week before the next match against Thunderbolt.”
In Division Two, former double champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) slumped to a 4-1 loss to Politeknik KPM at the Education Ministry Pitch in Jalan Pantai.