Tenaga back in title hunt in junior league


KUALA LUMPUR: Title contenders Tenaga Nasional put their campaign in Division One of the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) well back on track with a 7-1 demolition of Johor Sports Council (JSC) at the Johor Baru MC Hockey Stadium yesterday. 

Tenaga had lost their opening match 1-2 to Malaysia Sports School last week but they had no trouble finding the net yesterday. Brothers S. Bubalan and Selvaraju were the toast of the team as they scored two goals each to lead the two-time league champions to victory. 

The opening goal, from a field attempt, was scored by Azli Misron and this was followed up by Bubalan with another field goal a minute later. Selvaraju added the third in the 10th minute while skipper Mohamed Fairus Hamsani was the scorer in the 30th minute. 

Tenaga were in complete control and wrapped the game up with three more goals through Ibrahim Mohamed, Bubalan and Selvaraju in the 46th, 53rd and 64th minutes respectively.  

MAD SCRAMBLE: Malaysia's Sports School's Mohd Noor Wahi Ismail (centre) tries to beat MSS Terengganu goalkeeper Nurul Fakhri Mohd Alias and his two defenders during their MJHL Division One match at the Tun Razak Stadium Saturday. Malaysia Sports School won 4-0.

JSC earned their solitary goal in the 65th minute through Fakhrul Fahmie. 

Defending overall champions Pahang Telekom, meanwhile, took over the lead at the top of the standings with a 4-0 win over early pace-setters MPK-Olak at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium. 

The champions scored two goals in each half to collect six points from two matches. The first half goals all came through their penalty corner set-piece moves with Zulkifli Rejab and Mohamed Zukifli Abdullah scoring in the 16th and 28th minutes respectively. 

MPK-Olak, who had won both their earlier matches, just could not find any answer to Telekom’s domination. 

Mohamed Al-Fadhir Kadir was on target with a field attempt in the 49th minute and B. Raj Kumar completed the scoring in the 56th minute. 

At the Seremban Two Hockey Stadium, Yayasan Negri Sembilan drew 1-1 with Srii-Aroma-PISC in an error-filled match. 

YNS grabbed the lead in the 38th minute through Nor Shahrizal but Srii-Aroma-PISC earned their first point in the league when M. Krishnasamy flicked a penalty corner home. 

At the Tun Razak Stadium, Malaysia Sports School maintained their winning ways with a 4-0 win over MSS Terengganu. 

Malaysia Sports School took the lead in the 18th minute through Mohamed Shukri from a field attempt.  

Heavy rain then stopped play in the 53rd minute.  

When the game resumed, Malaysia Sports School hammered in another three goals in a nine-minute spell for a convincing win. 

Mohamed Amerrullah (59th), Mohamed Fauzi (61st) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (68th) were the scorers. 

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