KANGAR: Mohamed Asraf Bahari grabbed a hat-trick to steer Penang to an impressive 7-1 win over Kelantan in a men’s Group B hockey match at the Perlis Malaysia Games (Sukma).
The easy win at the State Sports Complex Turf on Saturday sees Penang qualifying for the semi-finals.
Asraf was on target in the 2nd, 11th and 46th minutes. Mohd Rahimi Iskandar Baharom (24th), Mohd Redzhwan Jaafar (33rd), Mohd Hafify Mohd Rodzi (55th) and Abdul Rauf Mohd Nazri (59th) got the other goals for Penang.
Mohd Aminuddin Mohd scored the consolation goal for Kelantan in the 12th minute.
Penang, who finished runners-up in the group with 14 points from six matches, will face Group A champions Perak in the semi-finals on Monday.
The other semi-final will be between defending champions Terengganu and Group B champions Negri Sembilan.
Negri reached the semi-finals after outplaying Malacca 3-0 on Saturday. They completed the fixtures with 15 points from five wins and a draw.
In the women’s semi-finals, also on Monday, defending champions Terengganu will face Federal Territories while Malacca will take on Johor.