KANGAR: Defending champions Malacca High School kept alive their hopes of making the cut for the knockout stage of the MHF-Milo Champion Schools hockey tournament with a 5-0 win over Terengganus SMK Padang Midin at the Perlis Sports Complex here yesterday.
But they will only know their fate after the Padang Midin-Anderson clash in Group A today. Anderson had started their campaign on Thursday with a 3-1 win over Malacca High.
A draw or a win by Anderson will take them and Malacca High into the quarter-finals.
Penang Free School, meanwhile, became the first team to confirm their berth in the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over the Royal Military College (RMC) in a Group D match in the morning. It was Free School's second win. They had beaten last years semi-finalists SMK Seberang Temerloh 3-2 on the opening day.
Yesterday, the Penang team had an easy time chalking up the win compared to the previous day when they had to rely on a last-minute goal to win.
Izwan Firdaus opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through a penalty corner attempt while Mohamed Noorhafizan added two field goals in the 50th and 56th minutes. Mohamed Haffiezye scored the fourth goal in the 62nd minute through another field attempt.
In another Group D match Seberang Temerloh kept alive their hopes after a hard fought 2-1 win over SMK Hamzah of Kelantan.
Mohamed Suffian Mohamed Yusof scored from the penalty corner in the 24th minute while Mohamed Hafizul Akmal netted the winner in the 66th minute through a field attempt. Sharul Anwar Ibrahim scored for Hamzah in the 42nd minute.
Hamzah have one win after their opening day 4-0 win over RMC. They play their last game tomorrow against Free School. They need to win by a huge margin and hope that Seberang Temerloh do not win big over RMC.
Hamzah have a plus-three goal difference while the Pahang team has a plus-one difference.
In Group B, Setapak High School started off with a 3-1 win over former champions Tunku Besar Tampin.
The KL school scored their goals through Mohamed Shafiq Othman, Meor Mohamed Ridhawan and Mohamed Yusri Yusdof while Tunku Besar found the target through Mohamed Marhan.
Both teams have SMK Khir Johari to play next and a win will ensure both teams passage into the last eight.
Group A: SMK Padang Midin 0 Malacca High 5
Group B: SMK Tunku Besar Tampin 1 Setapak High 3
Group D: Penang Free 4 RMC 0
Group A: SMK Anderson vs SMK Padang Midin (4.00pm)
Group B: SMK Khir Johari vs SMK Tunku Besar Tampin (7.30am)
Group C: SAB College vs SMK La Salle (9.15am)