KUALA LUMPUR: Leaders Tenaga Nasional are well aware that they need to go on a goal rush in their remaining matches in Division One of the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League, which resumes tomorrow after a three-week break.
With three matches left for the front-runners to play, Tenaga are tied on points with three other teams – Telekom Pahang, Malaysia Sports School and Anderson-Xybase. And goal difference may decide the champions.
Tenaga will take on Anderson-Xybase on Saturday in a match that could end one of the teams’ title hopes.
Said Tenaga coach K. Rajan: “We have to win the remaining matches and we need to score many goals. I have a feeling that the title will be decided on goal difference.
“But Anderson are tough opponents. For this match, I want the players to ensure a win first. We still have two matches more against relatively weaker rivals (MPK-Olak and Srii Aroma) to get the goals.”
Tenaga have scored 19 goals and conceded six and have a same goal difference of plus 13 as Telekom Pahang.
Of the three teams tied with them on points, Rajan picked Malaysia Sports School as the biggest threat to their title hopes.
“They have easier teams to play in their remaining matches. Their last match is against Johor Sports Council and it offers them a good opportunity to score many goals. They will have an advantage if the title race goes down the wire.”
Malaysia Sports School, powered by national Under-19 forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (pic) , will play against MPK-Olak this weekend and Yayasan NS on April 12.
For overall defending champions Telekom Pahang, two of their three remaining matches are tough ones – against MPPJ on Saturday and Anderson next week.