KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Sports School (MSS) moved up to the top of the table in Division One of the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League with a 5-2 win over Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
MSS and Anderson XYBase have 12 points each from five matches but the sports school have the better goal difference.
It was MPPJ's second defeat in two days. They were beaten 1-2 by two-time champions Tenaga Nasional on Saturday.
MSS, who were the overall runners-up last year, went ahead in the first minute with a strike by Mohamed Amerullah Abdul Aziz off a goalmouth melee.
But in a space of five minutes, MPPJ stormed back to take a 2-1 lead. Azren Irwan Azril equalised in the 24th minute, beating the MSS defence to push the ball past goalkeeper Ahmad Bazli Razali. Minutes later, defender Mohd Zulfaddli Isa scored off a penalty corner set-piece.
MSS adopted a more aggressive approach in the second half and it worked as they hit four goals past the PJ side.
Mohd Fikri Bassar scored in the 43rd minute off a penalty corner and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin netted from close range in the 56th minute.
MSS kept up the pressure and add two more goals. Mohd Nor Affazly scored off a penalty corner in the 64th minute before Amir Hamzah Ahmad made it 5-2 with a penalty stroke three minutes later.
A relieved MSS coach Tai Beng Hai said: “My players indulged in too much individual play in the first half and MPPJ took advantage to score two goals.
“But they played a much better second half to score four goals. We are happy to be top of the table and hope my boys will played much better to win the remaining matches.”
In Division Two, favourites Malacca Municipal Council chalked up their sixth consecutive win, beating Perlis Sports School Council 5-0 in Kangar.
Malacca MC and Sports School Juniors are tied on 18 points from six matches but the Malacca team lead on abetter goal difference.
Mohamed Azmir Roslan scored a hat-trick in the 16th, 35th and 43rd minutes. Nor Hamezi Omar (48th) and Mohd Fazwan Ghani (61st) were the other scorers for Malacca MC.
At the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang, Armed Forces Apprentice Training School's Ismail Shahrom became the first player to receive a red card in the league. He was sacked for hitting Synergy Hockey Club's Jeremiah Michael with his stick.
Synergy HC won the match 3-1. Mohd Iswandi Andi scored a brace in the second and 51st minute. Mohd Syafiq Abdullah scored the other goal in the 37th minute. Mohamed Nazrul Arshad scored Afats' goal in the 29th minute.
In Johor Baru, Sultan Abu Bakar College took a second-minute lead against Perak Malays through Mohd Hanif Din but Perak Malays hit back with Mohd Ali Zakuan (56th) and Saiyed Ismail (60th) to win 2-1.
In Malacca, Datuk Taha School drew 3-3 with Malay Mail.
Datuk Taha's scorers were S. Muniandy (32nd), Edwar Zulkifli (41st) and Mohd Isnin Akbal (48th). Malay Mail netted through Raden Zulhilim (50th and 54th) and S. Rajiv (4th).