It was a case of blowing hot and cold for Tenaga Nasional Berhad when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sapura despite twice taking the lead in a Premier Division clash at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight.This is TNB's third draw in the TNBMHL in four matches and it was a case of another two points lost rather then one gained. And it puts them in a disadvantage early on in the fight for the League title.
Defending champions KL Hockey club showed that they are a team to beat when they edged table toppers Maybank 4-3 at the National Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight. It was a commanding performance from the KLHC side who many had written of before the season got underway and the scoreline not reflective of KLHC's domination.
But the KLHC players showed steely determination, never affected by the reputation of being unbeaten that Maybank brought into this game. And KLHC plunged a knife into Maybank with a classy display combined with lethal finishing.
Tenaga Nasional Berhad got their act together to defeat a young UniKL side 4-2 in the TNB Malaysian Hockey league at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil this evening. It was TNB's first win of the season after being held to draws in the opening week by Terengganu HT (4-4) and KL Hockey Club (3-3). As for UniKL it was their second defeat, having lost to KLHC (5-0)
UniKL gave a good account of themselves against the title favourites and wasted five penalty corners that could have made the final outcome much closer. Infact credit ought to go to the UniKL youngsters who took the game to their more fancied opponents despite being 3-0 down.
Having secured four points from their opening two matches, KL Hockey Club are on the right track in their title defence of the Malaysian Hockey League.And their longest serving player, Chua Boon Huat feels that the team has all the right ingredients to cap another successful season in the MHL despite the fact that they are no longer the favourites.
For UniKL, the fixtures this weekend are akin to a visit to hell. For they will take on two of the top rated teams in the Malaysian Hockey League at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
On Friday they take on Tenaga Nasional Berhad and on Sunday they will cross swords with table toppers Maybank. And if they can walk away with two points, coach Arul Selvaraj could be forgiven if he thought that Christmas came early this time around.