KUALA LUMPUR: Police revived their hopes of reaching the Razak Cup knockout stage after thrashing hapless Kelantan 8-0 in their penultimate Group C match at the National Hockey Stadium.
Skipper and penalty corner specialist Muhd Razie Abdul Rahim was the toast of the team when he sounded the board six times in the semi-circle (10th minute, 11th, 14th, 16th, 21st and 53rd). Their other goals came from field goals scored by Baljit Singh Sarjab (24th) and Azreen Rizal Nasir (29th).
Razie said the big win was a massive morale booster after suffering a humiliating 5-0 loss to Terengganu on Friday. Police take on Armed Forces today.
“This is a perfect response from my teammates after the opening loss, we need to build on this against Armed Forces. A win will see us finish in the top-two and advance to the knockout stage, ” said the international.
“We played very well in the first-three quarters, we controlled the match but the last quarter we were a bit loose. We rotated the players and it disrupted our momentum.
“The reason is that we need to expose the fresh faces and I don’t see this as a major problem. I hope they can learn fast as not all players in the team are internationals.
“Last year we finished sixth, this time the management have set a semi-final target. We have the capability to achieve it.”
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