MPPJ join BJSS at the summit

IPOH: Anderson crashed to their second straight defeat when they went down 2-4 to favourites Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) in their Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Division One match at the Azlan Shah Stadium here last night. 

MPPJ skipper Amerullah Abdul Aziz was the toast of team, scoring a brace of field goals in the 28th and 45th minutes. Fauzi Abdul Rahim had earlier opened scoring for MPPJ in the seventh minute while Muhsin Hamsani added the fourth in the 47th minute. 

Anderson’s goals came from Mohd Ali Zakuan in the 30th minute and Mohd Azam Mohamad in the 66th minute. 

The win lifts MPPJ to second behind champions Bukit Jalil Sports School on goal difference. Both teams have six points from two outings. 

Anderson started out bent on redeeming themselves after their 1-4 defeat by champions Bukit Jalil Sports School on Friday. 

However, they found themselves trailing to a seventh minute penalty corner goal by Fauzi. Then, in the 28th minute, Amerullah made it 2-0. 

Anderson, however, refused to go down without a fight and reduced the deficit to 1-2 at the half-hour mark off a penalty corner attempt by Mohd Ali. 

In the 45th minute, Amerullah netted a gem of a goal – cutting in from the right before scoring with a reverse shot. It was his second goal and his team’s third. 

Two minutes later, MPPJ made it 4-1 with a well taken shot by Muhsin. 

Although Anderson scored their second goal in the 66th minute off a penalty corner conversion by Mohd Azam, their fightback came too late. 

Anderson coach Mokhtar Baharuddin blamed his defence for the defeat, with goalkeeper Firdaus Ahmad taking the brunt of the criticism. 

“But it is not over yet as there are still three matches to play. Our chances of making it to the last eight are still bright,” he said. 

MPPJ assistant team manager Zainal Abidin Ismail said his team could have won by a bigger margin had it not rained in the second half. 

He was also quick to praise the Anderson players for their determination. 

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