KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Kuala Lumpur strolled to a 12-0 win over Kelantan in a Group A match of the National Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil here yesterday.
Yesterday action in five matches saw a glut of 31 goals.
Kelantan were totally outclassed by a star-studded KL, who boasted of having the services of several national senior and junior players in their ranks.
Former Penang player and national junior Jivan Mohan scored a hat-trick, opening accounts for KL in the sixth minute. His other goals came in the 16th and 39th minutes.
Defender Engku Abdul Malek and skipper Azlan Misron scored two goals each while S. Jivanathan, Tajol Rosli, Mohamed Fairus Hamzani, Kamaruddin Andul Rahman and Mohamed Redza Maadun scored one each.
KL lead Group A with six points from two matches and they have a hefty plus 15 in goal difference.
In Group B, Australia’s New South Wales Institute of Sports (NSWIS) continued their winning ways with a 5-0 win over Selangor to head the table.
The Australians played under cooler conditions following a heavy downpour and were in much better control of the match and were hardly in trouble compare to the previous day against Pahang, whom they beat 2-1.
For Selangor, winners in 1991 and 1992, it was their second defeat. On Monday, they crashed to a shock 0-1 defeat by Perlis.
Pahang stormed back into contention for a place in the semi-final place with a 5-2 win over Penang.
Pahang could have won by a bigger margin if they had found their scoring touch early in the game. Instead they trailed by a penalty corner goal, which was converted by Mohamed Fauzi in the 29th minute.
Pahang stepped up the pace and found the equaliser in the 34th minute with a field goal by Megat Azrafiq.
In a space of 12 minutes in the second half, Pahang slammed in four goals. Ismail Abu, who turned down a national call-up earlier in the month, scored a hat-trick (36th, 39th, 44th). Another player who also turned down a national call-up, Mohamed Suffian, knocked in the other in the 48th minute.
Penang drew a goal back in the 68th minute through Mohamed Fauzi.
Pahang coach Izwan Suhardy said: “We played better (than against NSWSI) but started off badly by giving Penang too much room.
“But once we got going in getting a goal, we took control. We have a rest day tomorrow and it will help the players recover for the next match against Selangor.”
Former champions Perak began their challenge with a narrow 2-1 win over Singapore in Group A.
Hafifi Hafiz put Perak in front with a field goal in the 21st minute. Perak went two-up with a goal by R. Prem Kumar in the 51st minute but Singapore fought back and scored three minutes later through Hazmi Ibrahim.
Malacca continued their winning ways in Group A, beating Johor 3-2.