The SSTMI-Thunderbolt players and officials celebrate their Overall Title victory after beating UniKL in the MJHL final on Sunday. - RAYMOND OOI/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: SSTMI-Thunderbolt achieved their double for the third time in row in the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) when they defeated Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 2-0 in the final for the overall title.
Thunderbolt had earlier clinched the league title last month with an unbeaten record. It was Thunderbolt’s eighth title in the MJHL since they first won the league in 2010. Their other league titles were in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Sunday’s win also saw Thunderbolt equalling the treble record set by the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Thunderbolt went into the match with the best scoring record (79 goals) and also having beaten UniKL 4-1 in the league.
In the title match, UniKL were the early aggressors, pinning Thunderbolt in defence. They had a penalty corner in the 10th minute but failed to make it count. From the 30th minute onwards, UniKL had four consecutive penalty corners but muffed them all.
They paid dearly as Thunderbolt grabbed the lead following a quick counter-attack in the 34th minute. It resulted in a penalty corner, which was their second, and Mohamed Aminuddin Mohamed Zain made no mistake with his drag flick for his 18th goal of the season.
The second half started off the same way with UniKL putting Thunderbolt under tremendous pressure. In the 45th minute, they earned a penalty corner. Again, it was wasted.
Thunderbolt showed UniKL how to score by stretching their lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute. It also came from a penalty corner with Mohamed Najmi Farizal sounding the board.
With the win, Thunderbolt took home RM20,00 to add to the RM15,000 they picked up for the league title. It was also a memorable day for Thunderbolt’s Mohd Fahmi Azarruddin as he was named the man-of-the-match in the final. He was richer by RM1,500.
Politeknik Johor’s Mohamed Ridzwan was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the league while UniKL’s Nor Shafiq Sumantri collected the most promising player.
Division Two’s SMK Datuk Taha also went home with an award – the Fairplay Trophy – worth RM4,000.
Earlier, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) finished third when they edged Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak)-PKT 1-0. The win earned MBPJ RM12,000 while Olak collected RM10, 000.
MBPJ, who also finished third in the league to earn RM8,000, netted the winning goal in the third minute through a penalty corner by Mohamed Nur Amin.