KUALA LUMPUR: High-riding Politeknik Malaysia have been brought down to earth by Olak Tigers in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
Politeknik, who stunned last year's runners-up Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 1-0 last week, were hoping for full points in their Division One match against Olak. Instead, they suffered an embarrassing 3-2 loss – despite taking a 2-1 lead – at the Tun Razak Stadium in Jalan Duta on Wednesday.
With the defeat, Politeknik’s hopes of finishing among the top four in Division One has suffered a big blow with four matches remaining.
Olak scored through Mahathir Rathuwan (eighth minute, pen), Muhammad Hameran Anuar (57th) and Mohd Badrul Amin Mat Jusoh (58th) while Politeknik replied through Mohd Asyraf Idris (31st) and Muhammad Fakhri Ardillah Saifullah (49th).
Politeknik team manager Mohd Rofi Solaiman was disappointed with his team’s defensive errors.
“My boys paid the price for taking it easy against Olak. We were also let down by poor defending,” he said.
Politeknik’s remaining matches are against double champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt, Pahang Sports School, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
Olak coach S. Velappan was full of praise for his boys for their second win in five matches.“We started as underdogs and trailed 2-1, but my boys fought back to collect full points,” he said.