Ipoh City Hall are the early leaders of the Division One of the Malaysian Hockey League when they defeated Malacca Municipal Council 3-2 in a keenly contested match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.
ICH drew their opening match against Uniten on Friday and now have four points from two matches and in the two matches they have showed steely determination as they were down on both occassions.
MMC drew first blood in the 23rd minute when Azrul Hairi Abdul Latif scored. And three minutes later he doubled their advantage.
But ICC never gave up and reduced the deficit in the 32nd minute via Jaswinder Singh. Two penalty corners converted by Jasdev Singh Dhillon in the 54th and 60th minutes gave the Ipoh side the three points.
At the MOE Stadium in Pantai, Bukit Jalil Sports School rebounded from their opening day defeat in style as they whipped Universiti Sains Malaysia 5-1. The start of the match was delayed due to bad traffic as a result of two demonstrations in the city and started twenty minutes after the
The match also was marred by some rough play and USM's Nor Azaimi Zani was sent off by umpire K. Lingam in the 51st minute for an off the ball incident. This was the second red card of the MHL as Ipoh City Council's Mohamed Rasyid was shown the red in the match against Uniten on Friday.