KL Hockey Club may have collected the three points in their march towards the TNB Malaysian Hockey League when they defeated Nur Insafi Warriors 7-1 at the USM Stadium in Penang.But the win came at a cost for Australian international Timothy Deavin picked up a green and yellow card, thus ruling him out of the crucial match against Maybank where a win would give KLHC the league title with two matches to spare.
The Aussie is a key figure for KLHC and he was on the receiving end of a green card in the 28th minute before being sent to the sin bin in the 43rd minute, thus earning him a one match suspension for having accumulated ten demerit points as he was already on four points before the start of the day.
The defending champions took the lead in the 3rd minute through Mohd Razie Rahim who converted a penalty corner. And they were 2-0 up when Muhd Azwar Abdul Rahman found the back of the net in the 17th minute.
Nur Insafi however reduced the deficit in the very nest minute as a result of an own goal but KLHC stepped up the tempo by netting the third in the 24th minute through Akhtar Ali.
Chua Boon Huat then further extended KLHC's lead to 4-1 by finishing off a penalty corner rebound in the 55th minute. But KLHC were far from satisfied as they scored another three goals through Muhammad Imran ( 62nd minute), Muhammad Umar Bhutta ( 63rd minute) and Waseem Ahmad ( 66th minute) for an emphatic win.