KUALA LUMPUR: The Johor Sports Council (JSC) have made it clear that their brother, Malaysia Sports School (MSS), can expect no favours from them in their final Division One fixture in the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League at the Tun Razak Stadium here on Sunday.
All the players in the Johor side are from the Bandar Penawar Sports School and several of the older players from that school play for MSS.
MSS need to win the match by a 12-goal margin to pip Tenaga Nasional to the title on goal difference.
JSC coach Lukman Saadon said yesterday: We are aware that win or lose, we will come under some criticism.
But if MSS want the 12 goals, they have to work for it. We will not lay on our backs and let them roll over us. We have a team of Under-15 players and the objective is to learn and gain experience. They have the responsibility to play their best.
JSC have only four points and they are likely to be demoted together with Srii Aroma. They gained the points from a goalless draw against Yayasan NS and a 3-2 win over Srii Aroma.
Lukman said that it would be a tall order for MSS to score more than 10 goals. The heavy defeats his team suffered were in the matches against Tenaga (1-7) and Telekom Pahang (2-7).
We scored in every match except the one against YNS. The seven goals we conceded were against two teams who have very experienced forwards. MSS are not in the same class. Their forwards are not as sharp as those in the two teams.
JSC are playing in the league for the second year after the Bandar Penawar and Bukit Jalil schools merged to become the MSS side.
As not to deprive the younger players in the Bandar Penawar School the chance to gain experience, JSC adopted them.
And Lukman said that the team had a duty to uphold the name of JSC.
There is a connection between MSS and us. Many of the boys whom I had trained are in the MSS side. But there can be no throwing the match away, he said.
My team have not conceded more than seven goals and so if it happens on Sunday, it will be a disaster for me.
The JSC player who will have a lot of work to do against MSS is goalkeeper Nor Hafiz Adnan.
JSC have conceded 29 goals and have scored 10. Their defensive record is better than MPK-Olak and Srii Aroma, who have let in 30 and 33 goals respectively.