Perak notch first win

Perak rise to sink Indonesia

Perak came back from a bruising defeat against Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to register a 3-0 victory over debutants Indonesia in the TNB-Tun Razak Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium today.

The silver state got off to their campaign here with a 2-6 defeat against KLHA city girls in a Group A match yesterday. However, coach Mohamad Azlan Ahmad’s charges were quickly back on track after the tormenting defeat to earn three points.

“We really don’t know Indonesia’s strength and are happy to get three points today after the big defeat against KL,” said Perak head coach Mohamad Azlan. “After two back-to-back games the girls were tired and we tried out a new formation in the second quarter.”

Both teams started on an aggressive mode but Perak made the best of the situation by taking the lead in the 10th minute through Sofia Eizzatul Eillyana  Zambahari who picked a cross from Nurliyana Ghazali on the right and tapped it gently past goalkeeper Selly Amalia Fiorentina.

The Indonesians, who finished fourth in the recent 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, showed their pedigree with quick counter attacks too only to be denied by their own folly once in the opposition 25-yard line.

Perak went 2-0 ahead on the stroke of the third quarter via Wan Nur Syamielea Wan Mazli’s field goal and Amira Natasha Abu Hassan netted the third five minutes to the end from a penalty corner conversion.

Perak had three penalty corner opportunities throughout the match and scored from one while the Indonesians failed to pick any.

Indonesian team manager, Deny Fahruddin, said: “It’s our first game but I’m happy with the performance of the players. Overall it was an evenly contested match. We had our chances but need to cut down on mistakes.”

Indonesia will play defending champions Pahang tomorrow (Nov 20) whilst Perak meets the east coast side on Tuesday.