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Saturday April 27, 2013

KLHC one match away from being unbeaten this season

<B>Away from danger:</B> Tenaga skipper Mohd
Amin Rahim (centre) clears the ball from
KLHC’s Mohd Umar Bhutta (left) and Mohd
Sukri Abdul Mutalib during their MHL Premier Division match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. KLHC won 5-
3. — S.S.KANESAN /
The Star Away from danger: Tenaga skipper Mohd Amin Rahim (centre) clears the ball from KLHC’s Mohd Umar Bhutta (left) and Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib during their MHL Premier Division match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. KLHC won 5- 3. — S.S.KANESAN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) are just one match away from completing their Premier Division fixtures unbeaten after seeing off Tenaga Nasional 5-3 in their penultimate Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

While KLHC, who had already wrapped up the Premier Division title last week, viewed yesterday’s match as only of academic interest, Tenaga needed to win to stay in the hunt for the runners-up spot.

Tenaga got off to a great start, opening accounts through Shahril Saabah in the third minute and doubling their lead through Faizal Saari in the 19th.

But the champions are made of sterner stuff, reducing the deficit through Mohd Umar Bhutta’s field goal in the 34th minute and drawing level through Mohamed Imran’s penalty corner a minute later.

KLHC then pulled ahead in the second half as Mohd Razie Rahim (50th) and Harvinder Singh (52nd) made it 4-2. Although Tenaga pulled one back in the 65th minute through Shahril, KLHA had the last say when Nabil Fiqri Mohamed Nor scored the fifth goal two minutes later.

KLHC have 31 points from 11 matches while Tenaga stay third with 18. KLHC will wrap up their fixtures against UniKL today.

Maybank remained second with 19 points after suffering a 4-3 loss to Terengganu.

The Tigers could have sealed the runners-up spot if they had won because of Tenaga defeat by KLHC.

Maybank can confirm second place by beating Sapura in their last match tomorrow.

Sapura’s hopes of pipping Tenaga to third ended in humiliation when they lost 4-3 to Nur Insafi yesterday. It was Nur Insafi’s first win in the Premier Division.

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