KUALA LUMPUR – Maybank stunned 2015 Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) champion Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) 5-3 in their TNB Cup first leg semifinal at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here tonight.
“The boys worked very hard…they managed a 100 percent penalty corner conversion today. In the last two quarters, our defence was good. Our goal keeper (Imran Butt) and B. Namasivayam thwarted many THT attacks,” said Maybank coach S. Vellapan.
Vellapan hoped his boys would be able to keep the winning momentum in the second leg on Thursday.
Maybank opened accounts in the 15th minute through their import Muhammad Irfan from Pakistan from a penalty corner but THT were level two minutes later when Faizal Saari struck from a penalty corner.
Maybank skipper Hafifihafiz Hanafi restored the lead through a penalty stroke in the 23rd minute before Muhammad Irfan extended the lead from a penalty corner in the 27th minute.
Mohamad Syafiq Mohamed Zain added a brace in the 41st and 59th minutes to complete the score sheet while THT scored the remaining goals through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abd Jalil and Faizal in the 45th minute and 50th minutes.
IN another match, MHL runner up Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) whipped Sapura 6-0 to boost its chances of making it to the final.
MAYBANK 5 THT 3
Maybank — Muhammad Irfan 15th, 27th mins, Hafifihafiz Hanafi 23rd min, Mohamad Syafiq Mohamed Zain 41st, 59th min.
THT — Faizal Saari 17th, 50th mins, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abd Jalil 45th min.
KLHC 6 SAPURA 0
KLHC — Muhammad Umar Bhutta 1st, 12th, 29th mins, Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim 30th min, Ahmad Ajaz 54th min, Dedy Ariyadi 58th min. – BERNAMA