Wallace’s boys almost squander five-goal lead in win

On target: Noor Firdaus scored the second goal in the 5-4 win.

PETALING JAYA: The national men’s special project hockey squad had to fend off a late charge from the England Under-21 squad before winning 5-4 for their second straight win in the United Kingdom Tour Series.

Muhd Amirul Haniff Mamat put Malaysia in front with a field goal in the 18th minute and Muhd Noor Firdaus Rosdi extended the lead in the 24th.

Mohd Akhimullah Anuar Esok scored the third three minutes later and it was Muhd Muhibuddin Moharam’s turn to get on the scoresheet when he converted a penalty corner in the 29th minute.

Amirul scored his second goal in the 33rd minute for Malaysia to take a 5-0 lead.

However, it was England who went on the offensive after that as they managed to hit four back at Bisham Abbey and the defensive errors did not go down well with coach Wallace Tan.

Malaysia beat the Wales Under-21 side 2-1 on Monday.

“Our players played well and according to the game plan in the first half. We won in the end but there are certainly some areas we need to rectify,” said Wallace.

“We have two more matches to work on our weaknesses.”

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