Perak whip Indonesia in Razak Cup

Eyes on the ball: Perak’s Nurul Anis Najwa (left) and Indonesia’s Yuanita Rahmadhani Suwito vying for the ball during their Razak Cup Group A match at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak bounced back from their opening loss to whip debutants Indonesia 3-0 in the women’s Razak Cup hockey tournament.

Having been humiliated 6-2 by Kuala Lumpur in a Group A clash on Saturday, Perak showed no ill effects at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday.

It took Perak only 10 minutes to grab the lead. From a cross by Nurliyana Ghazali on the right, Sofia Eizzatul Eillyana Zambahari easily tapped the ball past Indonesian goalkeeper Selly Amalia Fiorentina.

The Indonesians, who finished fourth in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August, relied on fast counter attacks to get the equaliser but were let down by poor finishing.

Perak had to wait until the 45th minute before increasing the lead through a field goal by Wan Nur Syamielea Wan Mazlis.

Amira Natasha Abu Hassan then made it 3-0 in the 55th minute off a penalty corner conversion.

Perak coach Mohamad Azlan Ahmad was pleased that his team managed to recover from the opening match setback to secure all three points.

“We didn’t know what to expect from Indonesia, considering that they have their SEA Games squad. We were prepared for the worst. We are certainly happy to get a win,” said Mohamed Azlan.

Indonesia team manager Deny Fahruddin said: “It was an evenly-contested match. We had our chances too. We need to cut down on our mistakes.”

Indonesia will play their second match against defending champions Pahang today.

In Group B, Melaka and Selangor paraded a number of Sukma players and ended up in a 1-1 draw.

In Kuching last year, Melaka edged Selangor 2-1 to clinch their first Sukma gold.

Yesterday, Noraslinda Said scored a field goal in the 28th minute to give Melaka the lead.

But Selangor managed to secure a point, thanks to a 56th minute field goal by Ellya Syahirah Ellias.

Melaka coach Dr Mohd Aras Khamis was disappointed with the draw.

“I hope to see some improvements in the coming matches. I think we can play better than today’s match,” he said.

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