KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) moved up two places to third in Division One of the Malaysia Junior Hockey League after a 2-1 win over Yayasan Negri Sembilan (YNS) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil here yesterday.
It was the second win after three matches for the PJ side and they now have six points. MPK-Olak also have six points but are fourth with an inferior goal difference.
In the only Division One match yesterday, MPPJ put behind their defeat to Anderson on Saturday and managed to keep a tight rein of their match against YNS to win.
The hero for MPPJ was Mohamed Zulfaddli, who scored both the goals. Mohamed Azrizal Aziman got YNS’ goal in the 61st minute.
MPPJ’s first goal came in the 16th minute off a penalty corner set-piece move.
YNS then fought back strongly in the second half and were rewarded with Mohamed Azrizal’s field goal in the 61st minute.
A draw seemed to be on the cards until the tireless Zulfaddli put the finishing touch to a move in the 63rd minute.
YNS, who drew their first two matches against MSS Terengganu and Srii Aroma-PISC, remain in sixth place.
In Division Two, former overall champions Malacca Municipal Council took over the leadership with a 7-0 demolition of Sultan Abu Bakar College at the Malacca MC Hockey Stadium in Bukit Serendit.
Malacca MC, firm favourites to lift the Division Two title after sitting out of the league last year, had no problems yesterday and quickly established a three-goal cushion by the 28th minute.
Nazmi Kamaruddin started the goal rush in the sixth minute when he slotted home from close range. Six minutes later, Ahmad Annuar Sham Kamar scored with a direct penalty corner attempt. Mohamed Syakir Hamzah made it 3-0 in the 28th minute.
Ahmad Annuar was on target again in the 40th minute with a field attempt.
Then Mohamed Faizal Bakar, Mohamed Nazrin and Nor Ikram Sulaiman sounded the board in the 46th, 54th and 67th minutes respectively to seal a comprehensive win for Malacca MC.
A penalty corner strike by Mohd Nazrin Saidon in the 20th minute gave debutants MSS Perlis a 1-0 win over MSS KL at the Tun Razak Stadium. The win moved them to fourth spot in the standings after three matches.
Earlier at the same venue, S. Mahendran scored four field goals to give Malay Mail their first league win with a 4-0 thumping of winless Armed Forces Apprentice Training School (Afats).
In another match at the Pandamaran Hockey Stadium in Klang, Sports School Juniors stretched their unbeaten run to three matches by beating Synergy HC 4-2.