KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor and Penang have qualified for the boys’ semi-finals of the MHC-Milo Under-16 hockey championships in Kangar.
Selangor booked their berth after a 2-2 draw with Pahang in a Group A match at the Kangar Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. The draw gave Selangor 10 points.
Selangor took the lead through Mohamned Syazwan in the 16th minute off a penalty corner. But Pahang were back on level terms in the 22nd minute with Mohamed Haikal netting a field goal. Syazwan was again on target with another penalty corner in the 46th minute but Pahang managed to steal a point through an equaliser by Mohamed Amirul Firdaus in the 70th minute.
Defending champions Perak, second on nine points, will take on third-placed Negri Sembilan, on seven points on Thursday to decide the other semi-finalist from the group.
Perak easily whipped Kedah 4-0, thanks to a brace by Mohamed Alif Ikhmal in the 19th and 38th minutes. Mohamed Nazrul and Mohamed Nur Asyraff contributed the other goals.
Perak assistant team manager Hairul Nizam Rani was pleased his team managed to score a convincing win.
“The players were more settled today and we took our chances well. But there are still areas we need to improve on. The match with Negri Sembilan will now be the deciding tie. We need a win or at least a draw to qualify for the last four,” he said.
Penang confirmed their semi-final spot when they whipped Sabah 4-0 to top Group B with 10 points after four matches.
Mohamed Amirul Hamizan was the hero for Penang, scoring in the fifth, 12th and 32nd minutes for his hat-trick. Ahmad Fauzan scored the fourth goal in the 62nd minute.