Politeknik's Mohd Ashran Hamsani (right) celebrates his goal against BJSS during the Div Two final of National Junior Hockey League.-- MOHD AZHAR ARIF/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohamed Ashran Hamsani turned out to be the hero as Politeknik Johor clinched the Division Two title of the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League with a 2-1 win over Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) at the National Hockey Stadium.
It was Politeknik Johor’s first-ever title in the MJHL. The Johor side drew first blood in the 14th minute when Mohamed Ashran scored a penalty corner rebound.
But BJSS, a winner of 13 titles in Division One, managed to draw level in the 25th minute when Fakhri Ardillah scored a field goal.
The match seemed headed for a shootout when the Johor team struck one minute from time. Ashran netted the winner off a penalty corner attempt in the 69th minute.
Despite the defeat, BJSS coach S. Prakash was happy with his team’s performance.
“It was touch and go at some point. The players were a little tired, having to play three matches in a row.
“We now look forward to the knockout stage. But we are not setting any specific target for now. Our aim was to qualify for the Division One and that has been achieved,” he added.
Earlier, Olak-PKT beat MSP-Pahang Juniors 2-1 to finish third. And the good news for Olak-PKT was that their sponsors PKT, a logistics company based in Klang, has promised to reward the team with a trip to Bali, Indonesia.
Olak-PKT team manager Joseph de Silva said the reward was for achieving their target.
“Our sponsors PKT were delighted that we will be back in Division One after being out since 2009. PKT has pledged to send the players for a trip to Bali as a reward,” he said.
Norhafizi Aris scored for Olak-PKT in the 21st minute while Mohamed Zabad Rosly made it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Syafiq Sharudin netted MSP-Pahang Juniors’ consolation goal in the 57th minute.
Meanwhile in the quarter-finals draw held after the game, defending overall champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt have been pitted MSP Pahang Juniors.
The other matches are between Malacca High School and Olak-PKT, Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) against Bukit Jalil Sports School and UniKL playing Politeknik Johor.
The two-leg quarter-finals, at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, will be held on Feb 28 and March 2.