KL Hockey Club defied odds to register a convincing 5-3 win over Tenaga Nasional Berhad in the Charity Shield match at the National Hockey Stadium.

It was a masterful display of clinical finishing, topped up by a brilliant performance by Mohd Razie Rahim who scored a hattrick.

"It is always good to win and considering the fact that this was the first time the team played together, I must say I am impressed by their determination," said manager George Koshy.

"This is the start of a long and hard journey and we hope to build from this."

TNB took the lead in the 9th minute as Ranadhan Rosli deflected an initial shot by Shahril Saabah past KLHC custodian Roslan Jamaluddin.

However KLHC were back on level terms in the 19th minute via their first penalty corner that was awarded by umpire Nazmi Kamaruddin when Faiz Helmi fouled Waseem Ahmad.

Up stepped Mohd Razie Rahim who low drag flick caught S.Kumar in theTNB goal on the wrong foot.

Roslan then saved two point blank shots in quick succession by Faiz to keep KLHC in the game.

Razie created the second goal as his hard push into the semi circle was met with a neat deflection by Rahim Baharom in the 26th minute that put KLHC 2-1 ahead.

TNB then forced three successive penalty corners and off the third Mohd Amin Rahim got it right as his flick went past postman Ahmad Kazamirul Nasaruddin to make it 2-2 in the 28th minute.

But Razie had the last word in the first half as he scored from another penalty corner to give KLHC a 3-2 lead a minute later.

Hardly two minutes into the second half and TNB were level as Azammi Adabi who was lurking at the far post tapped in a hit from Faiz.

Rashid Bahrom went on a jinxing run on the right before relaying the ball to Akhtar Ali who passed it to fellow Pakistani Muhd Imran to slot home KLHC's fourth goal in the 42nd minute.

TNB were awarded their fourth penalty corner and this time Shahril was denied by an agile Roslan who pulled off a diving save.

Razie put the issue beyond doubt by scoring the fifth three minutes before time for the defending champions to lift the first silverware of the season.



 

 

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