Malaysia take fifth spot

Malaysia finished fifth in the women’s competition of the Asian Games when they defeated Thailand 2-0 at the GBK Stadium.

The match was a battle of two south East Asian teams and Malaysia had always got the better of their northern neighbours in recent matches.

In their previous meeting this year in Singapore in the World Series, Malaysia won 4-0.

Thus the two teams were familiar with each other’s style of play and therefore the early exchanges were even in nature.

But Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner as early as the 10th minute.

The attempt by Wan Nur Faiezah Sauti was easily saved by an alert Naruengram in the Thail goal.

The first quarter ended scoreless but Malaysia held the upper hand.

Another penalty corner in the 21st minute saw Nuraini Rashid being denied by the Thai keeper.

However Malaysia finally got the breakthrough in the 22nd minute, with Nuraini making no mistake in her penalty corner drag flick to give Malaysia a deserved 1-0 lead.

Wan Nurfsiezah once again saw her penalty corner being charged down by the first runner in the 36th minute.

Malaysia were totally dominating play and possession but could not make their chances count.

After several more wasted penalty corners, Malaysia finally scored their second goal.

Hanis Nadia Onn scores the second goal for Malaysia in the 54th minute Abd Malaysia were assured of the fifth spot, to equal their achievement at Incheon four years ago.