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

scheduled time.

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.

Kavin Kartik scored a hat-trick with goals in the 10th, 50th and 67th minutes, while Dangerous Lee (16th) and Faridzul Afiq (38th) were on the mark as well for the sports school. USM got their goal via a Azwar Rahman effort in the 22nd minute after some fine work by former international Abdul Razak Saidin.

"We were poor despite the win and this is something we need to work on during the break in the league. The players take a long time to settle down and look nervous as they are up against older players. But that should not be an excuse as we have what it takes to match other teams in the league. Let's hope that this win gives them the confidence booster," said BJSS coach S. Prakash.

For USM, the defeat was an eyeopener as coach Yap Gark Soo admitted that they had much work to do if they were to make an impact on the league.

"We made many simple mistakes in defence and credit to BJSS for taking their chances well. We lack teamwork and fail to make inroads despite creating chances. It is still in early stages (the league) and we hope to bounce back," said Yap.

Meanwhile at the Bandar Penawar Sports School, the hosts, powered by six Tenaga Nasional employees, defeated Uniten 3-1.

Three penalty corners, through the efforts of Shahril Saabah (11th) and Nor Hafiq Gaffar (43rd, 64th) gave them the win as UniTen reduced the deficit through Abbas Nekmat in the 56th minute.





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