Thunderbolt player Danial Asyrat Abd Ghani up against Olak goalkeeper Syarifuddin Mohd Zain during their Malaysia Junior Hockey League semi-final second leg match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Friday. Thunderbolt won 8-0. - SHAARI CHEMAT / The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: It’s confirmed. Defending champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) will contest the final of the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for the fifth year in a row.
Both teams saw off their opponents in the second-leg of the semi-finals at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday.
Thunderbolt routed Olak-PKT 8-0 for a 14-1 aggregate win while UniKL, 5-2 winners in the first leg, edged Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) 2-1 for a 7-3 aggregate win.
Thunderbolt have won the overall title for the last three years while UniKL were champions in 2010.
Thunderbolt were in top form against Olak, scoring six goals in the first half alone.
Daniel Asyraf started the rout with a field goal in the 11th minute. This was followed by a brace from Mohd Najib Abu Hassan (18th, 34th) and Mohd Zulhamisan Awang Abas (33th, 35th).
Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain’s 31st minute strike took his goal tally to 17 for the tournament.
Thunderbolt added two more goals after the break through Zulhamizam, who completed his hat-trick in the 42nd minute, and Mohd Amirol Aideed (68th).
“We did not set any target for the players other than telling them to do their best and avoid picking up unnecessary cards and injuries. We are focused on the final ... that is the match that matters to us. We want to clinch the double,” said Thunderbolt team manager Adam Izamry Idrus.
In the other semi-final, Zizi Azwan scored a field goal in the 18th minute to give UniKL a 6-2 aggregate lead.
UniKL then made it 2-0 for the day – and 7-2 on aggregate – when Nor Azrul Abdul Rahman converted a penalty stroke in the second half.
MBPJ pulled a goal back through Zulaniq Adib in a penalty corner set piece in the 70th minute.