KUALA LUMPUR (May 28th, 2016): Perak clinched third spot at the 2016 TNB Tun Abdul Razak Cup after edging Malacca 2-1 in their Division One 3rd-4th Placing match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
In the Division Two 3rd-4th Placing match, Armed Forces beat Kelantan 3-1.
Perak’s Mohamad Zulhamizan Awang Abas put Perak ahead in the 18th minute through a field goal while Hafifihafiz Hanafi added their second in the 49th minute.
Malacca equalised almost immediately through a Muhammad Nur Asyraf Ishak penalty corner but failed to get a second to level the match and force a shootout.
K. Yogeswaran praised his squad for the result and sees Perak’s performance today as their best in the tournament.
“The differance today was that my boys played to their true potential. They had a tough semi-final match on yesterday (Friday) against Police so I am grateful to them for rising to the occasion,” said Yogeswaran also revealed that they achieved their target coming into the tournament.
Yogeswaran singled out goalkeeper Mohammad Fitri Abd Aziz as his man of the match, after he pulled off several brave saves during the match.
“He stood up when we needed him at the back and he pulled off some great saves at the end to keep Malacca out.”
In the men’s 5th-6th Placing match, Kuala Lumpur clinched fifth spot with a 5-3 win despite a hat-trick from Negeri Sembilan’s Muhd Ikwan Ishak.
Kuala Lumpur went ahead in the 21st minute through Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof and got their second and third in the 26th and 27th minute respectively from Harvinder Singh before Nor Hizzat Sumantri made it 4-0 in the 30th minute. Muhd Ikwan struck late in the first half and netted two of his three goals in the 32nd and 34th minute respectively as the first half ended 4-2.
Nor Hizzat netted his second and Kuala Lumpur’s fifth goal in the 40th minute before Muhd Ikwan got his third in the 55th minute.
RESULTS – May 28, (SATURDAY)
Men’s Division One – 3rd-4th: Malacca 1 Perak 2; 5th-6th Placing: Negeri Sembilan 3 Kuala Lumpur 5; 7th-8th Placing: Pahang 3 Johor 5;
Men’s Division Two – 3rd-4th: Kelantan 1 Armed Forces 3.
Women’s Round Two – Group X: Malacca 1 Pahang 5; Group Y: Perak 2 Selangor 2; Group M: Terengganu 4 Kedah 2; Group N: Johor 1 Penang 0.
FIXTURES – May 29, (SUNDAY)
Men’s Division One – Final: Terengganu v Police (8pm, Pitch 2).
Men’s Division Two – Final: Penang v Perlis (6pm, Pitch 2).
Women’s Final: Pahang v Armed Forces (4pm, Pitch 2); 3rd-4th Placing: Kuala Lumpur v Selangor (4pm, Pitch 1); 5th-6th Placing: Malacca v Perak (9.30am, Pitch 2); 7th-8th Placing: Terengganu v Johor (7.30am, Pitch 1); 9th-10th: Sarawak v Penang (7.30am, Picth 2); 11th-12th Placing: Kedah v Sabah (9.30am, Pitch 1).
All Matches at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.