Sapura put a huge dent in the hopes of Tenaga Nasioanl Berhad to finish as league runners up when they defeated the Charity Shield winner 3-2 at the USM Stadium in Penang this evening.While Sapura were naturally elated as the win helps them to consolidate their fourth spot, for TNB it meant that whatever mathematical chance they had of catching league leaders KL Hockey Club was now thrown out of the window and even the chances of catching up with Maybank looks highly remote as the Tigers have a match in hand and three points lead.
TNB have only themselves to blame as they could only net one goal from the six penalty corners they were awarded while Sapura got two goals from the five awarded.
It was a hattrick from Pakistani import Khasif Ali that gave Sapura all three points and on a personal note he moves up to the top of the goal scoring chart as his tally now stands at 12 while TNB's Faisal Saari only got one goal in the match and has 11.
Faisal gave TNB the lead in the 18th minute from a penalty corner but Sapura were on level terms as Khasif netted in the 25th minute.
Sapura then took the lead in the 42nd minute when Khasif once again beat S.Kumar in the TNB goal. But barely a minute later TNB levelled with Mohd Firhan Ashaari scoring a field goal.
A penalty corner attempt by Khasif in the 62nd minute hot Mohd Madzli Ikmar on the foot and the Pakistani stepped up to convert the penalty stroke to give Sapura all three points.
Sapura were still smarting from their defeat against UniKL while TNB