Last-gasp strike saves Perak hockey boys the blushes


PETALING JAYA: Defending champions Perak boys needed a last-gasp penalty stroke goal from Rahuul Fazrien Mohd Nazrien to salvage a 2-2 draw with surprise package Pahang in the National Under-16 hockey championships at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Pahang had led through a double strike from Danish Irfan Saufi who converted penalty corners in the 40th and 52nd minutes.

Fareez Zafran Zunaimi scored a field goal for Perak in the 49th and Rahuul struck in the final minute to steal a point to help Perak stay top of Group A with seven points.

Pahang, who had beaten Kuala Lumpur 2-0 and drew with Kelantan 1-1 in their earlier matches, are in contention for a place in the semi-finals with five points in third spot.

KL, after their defeat to Pahang, bounced back in style to beat Terengganu 4-1 to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

Ahmad Haziq Hamzah opened accounts for KL after scoring a field goal in the 13th minute while G. Dheeressh made it 2-0 with another field attempt in the 30th minute.

Airil Abdul Razak made it 4-0 after converting two penalty corners (45th and 54th minutes) before Terengganu hit a consolation goal through Mohd Yazran Saifuddin in the 57th minute.

KL are in second spot with six points after yesterday’s win.

RESULTS

BOYS

Group A: Pahang 2 Perak 2; K. Lumpur 4 Terengganu 1; Penang 0 Kelantan 0.

Group B: N. Sembilan 3 Melaka 3; Perlis 0 Johor 6.

GIRLS

Group A: Johor 1 Pahang 1; Perlis 0 N. Sembilan 18.

Group B: Perak 2 Selangor 2; K. Lumpur 6 Sarawak 2; Sabah 0 Terengganu 0.

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