KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Perak had to stage a second come-from-behind victory in as many days in the MHC-Milo Under-16 hockey championships at the Kangar Hockey Stadium in Perlis.
On Saturday, they edged hosts Perlis 2-1 after going a goal down. It was the same on Sunday as they needed three second-half goals to beat Pahang 3-1.
Mohd Ikmal Hafiz put Pahang ahead with a field goal after just two minutes.
It wasn’t until the 41st minute that Perak managed to find the equaliser, through a Mohd Nur Asyraff’s field goal.
Mohd Nur Aslan then put Perak ahead in the 53rd minute off another field goal before Mohd Nursyamme scored with a direct drag flick in the 69th minute off a penalty corner move to give them a convincing win.
In two other Group A matches, Selangor chalked up their second win in as many days with a 3-1 triumph over hosts Perlis while Negri Sembilan beat Kedah 3-0.
Selangor got their goals through Iqbal Mursaputra, Mohd Syazwan and Mohd Fahmi while Kamaruddin Kodir Beraneng replied for Perlis.
Selangor and Perak will meet on Monday, with the winners taking a big step forward towards the semi-finals.
Former champions Kuala Lumpur got their delayed Group B campaign off to a nervous 2-1 win over Johor.
KL went ahead with two field goals – by Mohd Fadhzil Ashraff (47th minute) and Mohd Syahir Syah (56th) – before Johor hit back in the 63rd minute through Mohd Ramadan Ariffin.
KL coach K. Embaraj was just pleased with the three points.
“It was a nervous performance all around. But the boys did well to get off to a winning start. The pitch here in Kangar is new and a little bumpy ... the players had problems getting used to it. Still, we’ll have to keep improving. The target remains the same – make the final,” he said.
KL, who are five-time champions from 2008, lost the title to Perak last year. They ended up third.
In the girls’ competition, 2012 champions Selangor found the going tough as they lost 3-0 to Kelantan in Group B.
It was Kelantan’s second win, having beaten KL 4-2 on Saturday.
KL, meanwhile, bounced back with a 3-1 win over Negri Sembilan.