KUALA LUMPUR: Former Champions Tenaga Nasional’s attempt to chalk up a second win came to an abrupt stop when Sapura held them to a 2-2 draw in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Tenaga led twice in the match but each time Sapura came back and found the equaliser.
Despite the draw, Sapura still remain second-last in the table standings. Sapura had previously drawn 1-1 with Nur Insafi and this was their second point in the MHL.
For Tenaga, the draw dented their title ambitions, as it was their third draw in the MHL after four matches. They drew 4-4 with Terengganu and then 3-3 with KLHC before notching their first win on Friday after a 4-2 win over UniKL.
They move to second place with six points but on better goal difference to Maybank.
Tenaga will rue the missed chances when they could have easily notched a second win. Still the draw keeps them on the tail of the two title front-runners KLHC and Maybank who can overtake Tenaga today when they play their fourth matches.
Tenaga took the lead early in the third minute off their very first penalty corner. Skipper Mohamed Amin Rahim scored with a direct drag flick.
Against the run of play, Sapura earned a second penalty corner in the 30th minute and their Pakistani import Kashif Ali scored with the attempt.
Three minutes later, Tenaga were back on top with a gem of a goal from Faizal Saari off a field attempt, to walk off at half-time with a 2-1 lead.
In the second half, Sapura took the fight to Tenaga and equalised again off their third penalty corner in the 54th minute and again, it was Kashif on target for 2-2.
In Division One, TNB-Thunderbolt continue to lead the standings after a 2-2 draw with Ipoh City Council at the National Hockey Stadium.
Uniten-KPT won their second match when they defeated SSTMI 3-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium to move into third place in the standings.