Pahang cruise to a win

Pahang stroll to easy win over Terengganu

Defending champions Pahang defeated Terengganu 4-0 in their opening match of the second edition of the TNB-Tun Razak Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium today.

The east coast side paraded six national senior team players at the start of the match in the form of captain and defender Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani, midfielder Wan Norfaiezah Saiuti, Nuraini Rashid, Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed, Siti Zaidah, Nadia Abdul Rahman and national juniors’ goalkeeper Priyangga Jayarajah.

Pahang head coach, Mohd Ashraf Benadict Arais Abdullah, said: “My main concern is giving the youngsters the much needed exposure playing with several seniors. We missed a lot of chances due to poor finishing.”

“But this being our first game I think we can do better in the next match. I just want to see the junior players playing a lot in this competition as we prepare for the Malaysia Games. I am going to retire after the Razak Cup but the performance of the juniors is my main concern.”

Terengganu coach, Mohd Harun Al-Rashid, however, was far more excited with the performance of the players despite defeat.

“We were late in making a comeback but overall I think we did well against an experienced side like Pahang. We managed to reduce the score to just four goals in the first half. We also build some momentum but could not score.”

Drag-flick specialist Nuraini Rashid started the goal rush in the eighth minute from a penalty corner conversion and Nor Sailah Kerami doubled the score 10 minutes later as Pahang held a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.

However, upon resumption, Pahang went 4-0 ahead via a penalty stroke through Nadia Abdul Rahman (17th minute) and Wan Nor Faiezah Mohd Saiuti (27th minute) from open play.

Terengganu, led by their 2018 Malaysia Games squad, provided strong resistance on certain occasions but just failed to get the ball in the opposition goal.

Pahang will next play hosts Kuala Lumpur tomorrow whilst Terengganu take on the city girls on Monday (Nov 20).