UniKL came within minutes of putting a big dent on the hopes of Maybank to win the TNB Malaysian Hockey League title. But the Tigers are fast earning the tage of escape artists as they managed to find the equaliser.
In the end it was points shared as the two teams played out to a 2-2 draw at the USM Stadium in Penang.
It was a heated match, as the Maybank players were obviously affected by the umpiring decisions. But to be fair, there was not much wrong with what umpires Norhisham Shaari and M. Thayalan did.
There was one questionable decision though when Thayalan awarded Maybank a penalty stroke in the 64th minute as Shakeel Abbasi was adjudged to have been unfairly brought down by the UniKL keeper.
However Thayalan changed his decison after consulting Norhisham and it was the right thing to do as the UniKL keeper had played the ball with his stick and the Pakistani fell over dramatically. But Thayalan ought to have told Maybank that he was reversing his decision instead of allowing the match to start.
In reality Maybank have only themselves to blame for dropping two points in their pursuit for the league title as they played well below their ability and allowed the pressure get to them.
The Tigers took the lead in the 31st minute through Waqas but uniKL scored in the 49th minute through Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim to make it all square. And Faeez scored again in the 66th minute to put UniKL 2-1 ahead as Maybank players started losing their heads.
Waqas scored the equaliser in very next minute and escaped punishment as the match ended tamely with no further incidents.