KUALA LUMPUR: Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) despite playing without their foreign import Arif Ali defeated Customs 1-0 in their Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) match at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.
Their Hong Kong forward Arif was hospitalised yesterday due to high fever.
Yesterday's win was their second in three matches and they had to thank C. Suresh for the winning goal in the 13th minute off a penalty corner.
Arif, who steered RMR to a 3-2 upset win over fancied Tenaga Nasional in the opening match last week, has been down with fever for the last few days.
The Pakistani-born player was also not fielded against Sapura on Sunday.
RMR coach Hashim Mohd Yusoff said that Arif was hospitalised at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital yesterday morning.
“However, he was transferred to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) hospital in Cheras where he is now recovering,” said Hashim.
In another match, Tenaga, the league and overall champions, lost their second match when they were beaten 4-3 by Ernst and Young despite taking the lead thrice at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
They have only one win to show after three matches while Ernst and Young chalked up their third consecutive win.
Tenaga goals were scored by Kelvinder Singh (5th), Mohd Syayrim Uda Karim ((26th) and Tajol Rosli (67th).
Mohamed Amin Rahim was the toast for Ernst and Young when he scored the winning goal in the last minute of the match off a penalty corner.
He had earlier scored a penalty corner goal in the 30th minute.
Azli Misron (13th) and skipper Lee Sien Lam (68th) were the other goalscorers for Ernst and Young.
Tenaga team manager Mohd Johari Abdul Aziz blamed poor umpiring for their defeat.
“The umpiring today (yesterday) was much to be desired and we paid the price for it. A draw should have been a fair result.”
Ernst and Young coach A. Arulselvaraj said they did not played to their true potential but still managed to collect the three points.
“We gave a lot of space for Tenaga to create chances and we need to rectify that in our next match against Dolphins on Friday.''
At the Tun Razak Stadium, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) came back from a goal down to snatch a 3-3 draw against Maybank.
BSN led with two goals through Mohd Faisal Mohd Daud (12th) and Mohd Rodzhanizam Mat Radzi (16th) before Maybank stormed back to score three goals through Chairil Anwar (19th), Suhairi Saidi (22nd) and Abdul Sukor Adam (32nd).
However, Rodzhanizam scored in the dying minutes to save BSN from their second defeat.
In another match at the same venue, Sapura, powered by South Korea’s Kang Keon-wook routed debutants Malay Mail 8-0 to head the table for the first time.
They are currently tied with Ernst and Young on points but led on better goal difference.