KLHC bag Charity Shield

Press Release


It was two titles within a space of six days for KL Hockey Club when they won the Charity Shield defeating Terengganu Hockey Team 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time.

The win was noteworthy given the fact that KLHC had to stave off a fierce onslaught by the hosts who were bent on winning the match.

However the clinical finishing, composure and determination of the KLHC players helped them weather the storm to register the win.

If in the knockout final it was THT that blew a 2-0 lead, this time KLHC threw away a similar lead to miss out on collecting all three points

“ It was a case of losing two points rather then gaining one after taking a 2-0 lead,” said KLHC coach Lim Chiow Chuan.

“ However winning the Charity Shield somewhat eased the pain.

“ We did not play up to expectations and for long spells we were chasing the ball rather then letting our opponents work harder.

“ We also need to be smarter in the semi circle as we only got one penalty corner and this is not satisfactory.

“ We were always second best to the ball today and need to do more in order to have the lion share of possession.

“ However I believe the players tried their best under the circumstances and we will work on ironing the chinks in the armour before our next match on Sunday.”

Both teams started off cautiously in the first quarter as there was hardly a single on target attempt.

THT had the bulk of possession but hardly made it count as the players ran out of ideas in the opponents 23.

Hardly a minute into the second quarter, KLHC took the lead through a penalty corner converted by Korean Jang Jung Hyun.

Though THT won their first penalty corner in the very next minute, Roslan Jamaluddin managed to palm away the attempt by Gonzalo Peliat.

A blunder by THT keeper Hafizuddin Othman presented KLHC with their second goal as he failed to deal with a long overhead pass from Razie Rahim thus allowing Hafizuddin Zaidi the simplest of tasks to tap the ball into goal in the 24th minute for a 2-0 lead.

THT reduced the deficit in the 44th minute via a Faisal Saari penalty corner that bear Roslan in goal through sheer power.

With the score at 2-1 in favour of KLHC, the final quarter was always going to be a keenly contested affair.

Razie was yellow carded in the 46th minute for an attempted clearance they saw him hitting Faisal on the leg, leaving KLHC playing with 10 men to defend their lead.

However three minutes later Shakeel Butt was also yellow carded for breaking play, leaving both teams playing with one player less.

THT drew level with two minutes remaining when Peliat converted a penalty stroke after his attempt from a penalty corner hit Razie’s foot on the goal line ,resulting in the strike.

KLHC could have taken all three points had Hafizuddin found the mark with seconds remaining in the block.

But they will surely be feeling elated fir winning two silverware’s in the space of a week.