KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a Pahang-Selangor final in the women’s Razak Cup hockey tournament.
Defending champions Pahang strolled into their second consecutive final after shooting down Armed Forces 2-0 in the semi-finals at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Pahang went 1-0 up when national forward Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed scored off a penalty corner set piece in the 19th minute.
Siti Zulaika Hussin extended their lead in the 30th minute with a field goal.
Selangor, meanwhile, had to come back twice to snatch a 3-2 in over host Kuala Lumpur in the other semi-final.
KL went ahead through Nor Azlin Sumantri in the 19th minute but Selangor equalised through Fatin Shafika Mohd Shukri in the 30th minute.
A minute later KL went ahead again, this time through Nur Syafiqah Mohamed Zain.
Selangor hit back in double quick time as Nur Atira Mohd Ismail scored a brace in the 33rd and 34th minutes.
Pahang, who Armed Forces 4-0 last year, are on course for their second straight title.
Pahang coach Benedict Arrais was happy with his team’s display although they played below par against Forces.
“We did not play a good game today. The players were slow. They’re probably tired due to the week-long matches. We also missed some good penalty corners chances.
“We had six penalty corners, but only scored from one. That’s simply not good enough. We need to work on this area before the final on Sunday,” he said.
Armed Forces head coach Sgt Azizan Mustafa admitted that it was always going to be uphill task against the vastly experienced Pahang side.
“Unfortunately, we lost to Pahang again. I’m happy with our performance. We had our fair share of scoring opportunities. So we only have ourselves to blame for the loss.
“We should have done better and not give them too much respect,” he said.