UniKL stay in touch with leading pack

Turner scores brace as UniKL rise again

Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) closed the gap with the top guns with a 5-0 victory over TNB Thunderbolts in the second round of the MHL Premier League at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

With 12 points in the bag from three wins, three draws and one defeat, UniKL have now set the pace for a thrilling encounter against Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) on Sunday.

Australian Glenn Turner set the pace for UniKL in the 10th minute when he picked a cross from Zul Pidaus Mizun on the right and slammed it past goalkeeper Fahmi Zakaria.

Team captain Marhan Mohd Jalil returned from hip injury to extend the lead in the 15th minute from a field goal as the first half ended with UniKL dominating the match although Thunderbolts earned two penalty corners that went to waste.

Turner returned in the third quarter to score the third goal in the 32nd minute via a penalty corner and Netherland’s Jeroen Hertzberger netted the fourth in similar fashion four minutes later to equal Argentinean Gonzalo Peillat’s nine-goal feat in the tournament so far.

Midfielder Faridzul Afiq Mohd added to Thunderbolts misery with the fifth goal from open play in the 48th minute.

“Our concern today was cards, injuries and physical play. We only picked two green cards and otherwise it was a good match,” said UniKL coach A. Arul Selvaraj. “There was more discipline and structure in the game and I am happy with this performance as we step up a hear in an exciting match against KLHC on Sunday.’

“We will have our full team on Sunday against KLHC while they will not be at their best. Whatever, we need to pick more points to stay ahead and I am confident of a better performance from the players.”

Sarjit Singh’s Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) wrested the top position in the table standings with 15 points following a 2-0 victory over Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at the Batu Buruk Hockey Stadium in Kuala Terengganu today whilst KLHC climbed to second spot (14 points) with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Maybank at the KLHA Stadium.

Arul Selvaraj’s university outfit had also defeated Thunderbolts 3-1 in the first round of the league.

UniKL and KLHC are among four teams battling for the Premier League title. The others are THT and TNB. Nor Saiful Zaini’s TNB are in third spot (13 points) while UniKL remained in fourth position (12 points) followed by Thunderbolts (3) and Maybank (1 point).

Peillat scored both goals (11th and 26th minutes) to take his tally to nine goals in the league.

Australian Wookey William had earlier kept Maybank ahead with a fourth minute open play goal but KLHC bounced back through field goals from Rashid Baharom (14th), Syamim Mohd Yusof (29th) and Thomas Carsen (58th).