KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Perak had to fight back from a goal down to beat hosts Perlis 2-1 in the opening Group A match of the MHC-Milo Under-16 hockey championships in Kangar.
Perlis took the lead in the ninth minute through a field goal by Mohamed Faiz Basri. Mohamed Nursyamme equalised for Perak in the 53rd minute and Mohamed Najme netted the winner from a penalty corner flick in the 64th minute.
Perak assistant team manager Hairul Nizam Rani was naturally not happy with his team’s lacklustre show especially after getting 13 penalty corners and managing only to score one.
“We missed so many goalscoring chances. I hope to see better penalty corner executions in our next game. We have almost half of last year’s title-winning players in the present team so they should use their experience to keep up the winning momentum,” said Hairul.
In another Group A match, Selangor whipped Negri Sembilan 6-1.
Mohamed Kalis scored a brace while the other Selangor goals came from Umar Hakim Ahmad, Mohamed Fikri, Mohamed Syazwan and Mohamed Nurasyraf.
Mohamed Hilmi scored the consolation goal for Negri.
Earlier, Kedah and Pahang played to a 3-3 draw in another Group A match while in Group B, Terengganu defeated Sabah 5-2.
Meanwhile, the organisers were forced to postpone Johor’s opening matches in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions following their late arrival.
Johor were down to play former champions Kuala Lumpur and Pahang in the boys’ and girls’ category respectively on Saturday. The KL-Johor game will be played on Sunday while the girls’ match will be played on Tuesday.