Sapura registered their second win within 24 hours when they defeated Terengganu HT 3-1 in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League match at the USM Stadium in Penang this evening.
The win took their points tally to 14, just a point behind Tenaga Nasional berhad who are on 15 points but with a game in hand as they have played 9 matches as opposed to Sapura who have played a match more.
For the East Coast side, their woes continue, especially in the penalty corner department as they were awarded a total of 8 penalty corners but failed to score from any.
It was a lacklustre first half as both teams were obviously affected by the humid conditions and could not play free flowing hockey. Play was largely centered around the midfield area and there was hardly any real danger posed to the opponents goal, with the exception of penalty corners.
Terengganu were awarded three penalty corners, in the 11th, 12th and 29th but once again their lack of having a penalty corner specilist stood out like a sore thumb.
It was however the same for Sapura as Khasif Ali, the tournaments leading scorer, who also fired blanks despite being presented with two opportunities in the 21st and 32nd minutes.
But the game came alive in the opening minutes of the second half.
Sapura took the lead in the 39th minute through Faridzul Afiq Mohammad. But hardly had the cheers died down when Terengganu wewre on level terms as Ismail Abu scored in the 41st minute.
Khasif got his act right in the fourth penalty corner of Sapura in the 59th minute to give Sapura a 2-1 lead before Faridzul Afiq popped up to make it 3-1 in favour Sapura in the 61st minute.
Terengganu forced three consecutive penalty corners in 63rd,64th and 65th minutes but failed to find the equaliser.