KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Perak will face former winners Kuala Lumpur in the boys’ semi-finals of the MHC-Milo Under-16 hockey championship at the Kangar Hockey Stadium.
KL topped Group B when they defeated Kelantan 5-1 on Friday while Penang finished second after a 2-1 win over Terengganu.
KL, who were five-time champions from 2008 to 2012, are determined to beat Perak, the Group A runners-up, to reach the final.
Said KL coach K. Embaraj: “We are getting closer to our target of reaching the final. I hope the players will keep their momentum going.
“Perak are a good side although they have not played to their true potential yet. But we have a good chance as the players are showing good form. We just need to stick to our game plan and take our chances well.”
In Friday’s match, Mohamed Haziq Hisyamuddin scored a brace for KL in the 41st and 48th minutes.
Mohamed Syakhir opened the scoring in the 28th minute and the other goalscorers were Mohamed Firdaus Azmi (31st) and Mohamed Shaari (70th). Kelantan’s consolation goal in the 58th minute was scored by Khairul Azree.
Selangor topped Group A when they defeated Kedah 4-0. They will play Group B runners-up Penang in the last four.
Selangor had already qualified for the semi-finals before the game but they needed a win to top the group. Mohamed Syazwan scored two goals in the second and 38th minutes while Mohamed Fahmi and Umar Hakim Ahmad was on target in the 17th and 59th minutes respectively.
Penang ended their group fixtures with a 2-1 win over Terengganu.
Mohamed Aiman Asyraff and Mohamed Aminul Hamizan were the goal getters while Mohamed Alif Izam scored for the east coast side.
In the girls’ category, defending champions Penang will take on Negri Sembilan in Saturday’s final at the Kuala Perlis Turf.
Penang edged Kelantan 3-2 in the semi-finals on Friday while Negri defeated Pahang 2-0 in a penalty shootout after the match ended 0-0 in regulation time.