JOHOR BAHARU – Malaysia have squandered their chances of making the final of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup with a narrow 2-3 defeat to Britain in the match at Johor Baharu Hockey Stadium in Taman Daya here last night.
Britain were two goals up in the first half while Malaysia struggles to find a goal despite making numerous attacks.
Arul Selvaraj’s boys however come back strongly when Sufi Ismat Rohulamin scored Malaysia’s first goal in the first minute of the second half.
Despite the encouraging start, Malaysia were stunned in the 62nd minute when Luke Taylor slotted in Britain’s third goal via a penalty corner.
Three minutes later, Muhammad Sharil Shaabah (pic, 2nd left) converted a penalty corner to put the home team two up.
In an earlier match, Australia squeezed past New Zealand 4-3, after trailing 0-3.
New Zealand opened the scored in the second minute through Nic Woods while Daniel Panchia added a second goal in the 35th minute before Kim Kingstone slotted a field goal in the 41st minute.
However, in a 12-minute spell, Australia blasted New Zealand with four goals, starting with a penalty corner each by Andrew Scanlon in the 50th minute and Joshua Bretherthon (54th minute), as well as a field goal each by Oliver Crane (57th minute) and Maximillan Hendry (62nd minute). Meanwhile, India hammered arch-rival Pakistan 6-0.
The goals were scored by Imran Khan in the 22nd minute, while Parvinder Singh made two up for India via a field goal in the 34th minute.
In the second half, India widened the score with goals from Armaan Qureshi in the 49th minute, as well as from Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Armaan Qureshi in the 53rd, 67th and 69th minute respectively. – Bernama