PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur squeezed past Penang 5-4 in a thrilling boys’ Group A match at the National Hockey Under-16 Championships in Bukit Jalil.
The home team held a comfortable 5-1 lead when Penang gave them a mighty scare by scoring three goals in the fourth quarter yesterday.
But Kuala Lumpur managed to keep their nerves to hold on for the win.
Airil Abdul Razak was the star for Kuala Lumpur with a hattrick in the 30th, 37th and 46th minute.
Gagandeep Singh scored the other two goals for the City boys.
In Group B, Selangor notched their second successive win after edging Negri Sembilan 2-1.
In other matches, Johor bounced back from their narrow loss to Negri by thrashing Sabah 4-0.
In the girls’ event, Penang, Negri and Perak also notched their second straight win.
Penang overcame Johor 2-0, Negri beat Kedah 3-0 while Perak also beat Terengganu in the same fashion.