IPOH – Malaysia suffered their second defeat in the 24th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey Tournament when they went down 2-3 to world champion, Australia, at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium last night.
The national squad coached by Tan Beng Hai, however, managed to give quite a stiff competition to Australia throughout the game and even forced the world champion to work harder before claiming victory after the half time ended with no score.
In second half, Australia striker Glenn Turner was assaulted in the penalty box, hence resulted with a goal from a penalty shot taken by Jamie Dyer in the 43rd minute.
Jamie also scored the team’s second goal in the 53rd minute.
Malaysia launched a counter attack which proved to be fruitful as Muhammad Firhan Ashaari managed to score the first goal for the national squad in the 57th minute.
However, Dylan Wotherspoon widened the gap by scoring another goal for Australia in the 59th minute, just seconds before Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil netted the second goal for Malaysia.
The score stood still until the final whistle.
In another matches earlier, Korea claimed their first victory by defeating Canada 3-1, while New Zealand beat India 2-1. – Bernama