MPPJ stay unbeaten, Customs just a point away from Div 2 crown

IPOH: Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) came from behind to outplay Anderson XYBase 4-2 at the Azlan Shah Stadium here yesterday to maintain their unbeaten record in the MHF-Milo-NSC Admiral Junior Hockey League. 

It was MPPJ's fifth straight win, helping them to climb up to second place in the standings. Malaysia Sports School, who also have 15 points, have a better goal difference but have played a game more than MPPJ. 

MPPJ, however, did not have a good start yesterday. They trailed Anderson after only nine minutes with skipper Herwan Pami, the Perak's 2003 Sportsboy of the Year, on target for the home side. 

Amirullah Abdul Aziz cut short Anderson's joy by scoring the equaliser in the 11th minute. 

Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil then gave MPPJ the lead for the first time in the 37th minute with a field goal. Anderson refused to give up with Mohd Amirul Syafiq making it 2-2 in the 56th minute. 

MPPJ were quick to hit back, with Shahril Shahid Zainuddin sounding the board in the 57th minute. 

Amir Hamzah Ahmad sealed the match for MPPJ when he scored the fourth goal in the 66th minute. 

In another Division One match, Tenaga Nasional turned on the power in the second half to beat Datuk Taha School 5-0 at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium. 

The win lifted Tenaga, the defending overall champions, to third on 12 points after five matches. 

Anwar Ali (47th and 61st), Mohd Faizul Bakar (32nd), S. Selvaraju (40th) and Fazreen Eksan Kulup Wahab (67th) scored for Tenaga. 

In Division Two, Customs chalked up their seventh straight win by hammering Malay Mail 5-0 at the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang. Customs now need just one point from their remaining two matches to clinch the title. 

Zulkifli Rejab was the hero for Customs, scoring two goals in the ninth and 60th minutes. Saiful Amri Idris (7th), Khairul Fitri Ahmad (15th) and Ibrahim Mohamed (49th) were the other scorers. 

In another Division Two match, Vatu Maliadevar scored a last minute goal to help Malacca High School (MHS) beat PISC-Nur Insafi 2-1 at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium.  

Suresh Munusamy surprisingly gave PISC-Nur Insafi a 1-0 lead with a field goal in the first minute. Mohd Zulhilmi equalised for MHS in the 16th minute and Vatu secured all three points by sounding the board in the 69th minute. 

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