KLHC close in on league title after thumping win

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) moved closer to retaining their league title in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) after thumping Yayasan Negri Sembilan (YNS) 7-2 at the Tun Razak Stadium here yesterday.

Mohamed Razie Rahim starred for KLHC with a hat-trick in the sixth, 16th and 24th minutes while Chua Boon Huat (3rd minute), Nabil Fiqri (20th), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (64th) and Ismail Abu (67th) chipped in with one a piece.

Razlee Amree scored a brace for YNS in the 29th and 50th minutes off penalty corner setpieces.

KLHC, on 31 points from 12 matches, have opened up a six-point lead at the top of the standings. With just four more matches to go, a win against Sapura today could well seal the title for them.

Tenaga Nasional clobbered Armed Forces-Airod 10-1 to move into second spot.

It was a significantly improved showing from the overall defending champions as they took their chances well to nail all three points.

Mohamed Amin Rahim, M. Kalisweran, Mahinder Singh and Mohamed Fairus Ramli netted a brace each while Mohamed Firhan and Mohamed Azammi added one each.

Mohamed Firdous Ismail scored the army’s consolation goal in the very last minute.

Tenaga’s win kept them in sight of leaders KLHC but, more importantly, it means they are on target to finish at least second in the standings.

Tenaga coach Nor Saiful Zaini said that this was the first time his men played as a cohesive unit.

“I am very happy with their performance. The army team may not be that strong but our performance was up to mark. It has certainly boosted our confidence ahead of the game against Maybank tomorrow (today),” he said.

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