KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu leap-frogged into the driver’s seat for the Premier Division title in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with a resounding 5-1 win over arch-rivals Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) at the Kuala Terengganu Hockey Stadium.
Despite the heavy rain, Terengganu responded to the support of their vociferous home crowd, with forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin drawing first blood against leaders KLHC as early as the eighth minute.
South Korean Seo Jong-ho added the second in the 17th minute and compatriot and penalty corner specialist Jang Jong-hyun made it 3-0 for the home side in the 22nd minute.
The Korean duo then doubled their personal tally in the 31st and 38th minutes to send the home fans into a frenzy.
KLHC managed to find a consolation goal through Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof in the 45th minute but that was all they could muster as Terengganu took over at the top of the standings with the same 24 points as KLHC.
Given Terengganu’s better goal difference, the title is theirs for the taking if they beat Sapura in their last match in front of their home fans.
Terengganu coach Sarjit Singh, however, insists that the title is still not in the bag as “there’s still one match to go”.
“We did our job here today, but we still must take home three points against Sapura to be champions. They are not an easy team to play against.
“Today, we were equal with KLHC but the difference is we took our chances well. The fans also played a big part as they produced a fantastic atmosphere for the match,” said Sarjit.
KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj said the wet conditions hindered their game.
“The wet pitch affected our passing and Terengganu were quick to punish us. However, credit to them as they are a very good side and deserved to win,” said Dharmaraj.