BJSS Juniors stun SMK Datuk Taha


By AFTAR SINGH and PERCY D’CRUZ

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Juniors handed SMK Datuk Taha their third straight defeat in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with a narrow 3-2 win at the Seremban II Hockey Stadium yesterday. 

BJSS Juniors, who lost 4-0 to their seniors in their first match, got their goals through Shahrin Mohamed in the 29th and 54th minutes and Mohd Nor Zakhwan Mohd Shahran in the 59th minute. 

S. Vimalan and Razlee Amree Mustafar replied for SMK Datuk Taha in the 46th and 62nd minutes respectively.  

BJSS Juniors surprised the more experienced SMK Datuk Taha when they took the lead with a fine field goal through Shahrin in the 29th minute. 

SMK Datuk Taha refused to give up and managed to equalise through Vimalan in the 46th minute. 

However, BJSS Juniors, powered by their Form Four students, stepped up a gear to score two goals in the space of five minutes to take a comfortable 3-1 lead. 

Shahrin netted his second in the 54th minute with a field goal and five minutes later Mohd Nor Zakhwan’s penalty corner goal made it 3-1. 

SMK Datuk Taha, to their credit, battled on with a Razlee field goal three minutes later that ensured a tense last few minutes for BJSS Juniors. 

BJSS Juniors coach V. Muraleedharan was far from happy with his team’s performance. 

“It was a scrappy performance by my players. They are still not playing as a unit,” he said.  

Meanwhile, Malacca High School (MHS), who stumbled to a 1-4 away loss to SAS Pahang two days earlier, rebounded in style to destroy winless MSS Perlis 6-0 in their Division Two match at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium yesterday.  

Four-goal hero Nazmi Kamaruddin was the hero for MHS while a brace from Muhammad Fareez completed the rout. 

MHS, bent on putting their Kuantan disappointment behind them, were two goals up by the 11th minute. Nazmi opened accounts off an 8th minute penalty corner before doubling their lead with a field goal three minutes later. 

Muhammad Fareez then took over the show with two well-taken field goals in the 18th and 32nd minutes to give MHS a commanding 4-0 lead at half-time. 

MSS Perlis, beaten 1-3 by Bandar Penawar two days earlier, were down and out by then. 

MHS brought on number two goalkeeper Azrul Hairi Abdul Latiff for Mohd Faijol Mohd Razam at the start of the second period.  

Two more goals by Nazmi in the 41st and 54th minutes wrapped up the proceedings. 

However, MSS Perlis had a great chance to at least gain a consolation goal in the 59th minute. But Yusri Yusub saw his penalty stroke saved by Azrul. 

Newcomers SAS Pahang continued their fine run by chalking up their fourth consecutive win by defeating SMK Tunku Besar 6-2 in their Division Two match at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium. 

The Pahang team topped the table with 12 points, having scored a whopping 22 goals and conceding just three in four outings. 

Malay Mail stayed in second spot, two points behind, after chalking up their third win in four matches with a 3-1 win over MSN Kedah at the Tun Razak Stadium. 

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