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KLHC

TNB flay high-riding KLHC

Local outfit Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) went on a giant-killing feat once again as they flayed Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) 4-2 in the first-leg of the 2018 TNBMHL Premier League match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

The utility giants dominated the first quarter with attacking game to take a 2-0 lead before the end of the quarter to surprise KLHC who had the services of six foreign internationals.

Forward Syed Mohamad Syafiq Syed Cholan cantered TNB ahead in the fifth minute via a penalty corner conversion, 18-year-old Mohamad Akhimullah Anuar Esook extended the lead five minutes later with a reverse stick shot from the top of the semi-circle leaving KLHC goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin hapless whilst Firhan Ashaari netted the third in the 18th minute from open play.

TNB mounted pressure on KLHC in the third and fourth quarters and were aptly rewarded with the fourth goal when Muhammad Shahril Saabah scooped the ball over the head of Roslan from an acute in the 48th minute.

KLHC replied through South Korean Jang Jong-Hyun in the 51st and 59th minutes from penalty corner conversions.

It was TNB’s second straight win in two matches after defeating Universiti Kuala Lumpur 3-2 in the Premier League opening match on Friday.

Powered by 10 current national Malaysian national players, TNB and KLHC had also met in the quarterfinals of the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup knockout tournament 10 days ago where KLHC won 2-1.

While TNB head coach Nor Saiful Zaini celebrated victory, the defeat comes as a big blow to KLHC head coach Lim Chiow Chuan who guided his side to two titles within a space of one week – the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup and the Charity Shield Cup.

KLHC players were neither complacent nor comfortable in the match as they won four penalty corners but scored from one, often failing to get the ball into goal against a fortified defence marshaled by goalkeeper Mohammad Hairi Abdul Rahman who made two daring saves.

“It wasn’t a good match for us as much as we were looking to continue our momentum and credit to TNB for playing a great game,” said Chiow Chuan.

Nor Saiful observed: “We played KLHC in the Alagendra Cup and knew we can score goals but missed our chances. So we went into the game telling ourselves we can win if we play hard as a team. The three quick goals in the 18 minutes did more of the damage on KLHC.”

“This is a great win. To me it shows the players are gaining in confidence and can play against any team even if they have six foreign players.”

For the record, TNB and KLHC played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the 2017 Premier League season and 3-3 in the return-leg match.

TNB will take on their development squad Thunderbolts on Wednesday at the National Hockey Stadium (6pm) while KLHC goes into showdown with UniKL at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium (5pm).