KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- Defending champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) have extended their winning streak to eight in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) after defeating Sumbangsih Cup runners-up Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) 2-0 at the Batu Buruk Hockey Stadium in Kuala Terengganu today.
National penalty corner specialist Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim's goal in the 33rd minute, and a field goal by former national player Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin in the 59th minute saw UniKL maintain its perfect record and remain top of the league with 24 points.
"(We got) three points and a victory away from home. THT is not an easy team to beat at their own turf, I'm glad we are still able to maintain this unbeaten record.
"This victory is also a gift from the UniKL team to our player, Baljit Singh, who did not join the team to attend to the birth of his daughter today," said UniKL head coach Arul Selvaraj.
Meanwhile, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) recorded an 11-2 victory over sister club TNB Thunderbolts at the Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium to remain in second with 19 points after eight games.
SPORTS-HOKI (ROUNDUP) 2 KUALA LUMPUR
TNB, coached by former national player Nor Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin led comfortably with 6-0 at half-time through goals from Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosdi in the fifth minute, Mohamad Akhimullah Anuar Esook (11th minute), Muhammad Arif Syafie Ishak (18th and 20th minutes), and Muhammad Azrai Aizad Abu Kamal in the 23rd and 26th minutes.
As the match progressed, TNB continued to pile on the pressure as they scored four more through Muhammad Amirol Aideed Mohd Arshad in the 36th minute, Muhajir Abdul Rauf (41st minute) and Mohamad Akhimullah's two goals in the 44th and 45th minutes, before the TNB Thunderbolts reduced the deficit with field goals from Muhammad Muhibuddin Moharam in the 45th minute and Nasrul Syahkhir Sadikul in the 53rd minute.
National player Nik Muhammad Aiman Nik Rozemi sealed the victory for TNB after completing a field goal in the 56th minute.
Maybank, meanwhile, won their fifth game of the season after defeating newcomers Hockademy KL 3-2 at field two of the National Hockey Stadium and remained fourth in the league with 15 points.
National player Joel Samuel Van Huizen emerged the hero of the game for Maybank, scoring the winning goal through a penalty corner in the 58th minute.
SPORTS-HOCKEY (ROUNDUP) 3 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR
Both teams were earlier tied at 2-2 with goals from Muhamad Kamarulzaman Kamaruddin (9th minute) and Muhammad Hafiizhuddin Zaidi (14th minute) putting Maybank ahead before Hockademy KL came back through goals from Muhammad Zafri Afiq Nor Azlan (38th minute) and Nadeem Ahmad (41st minute).
Kedah side Nurinsafi claimed their second consecutive victory after defeating UiTM 4-2 at the Tun Abdul Razak Hockey Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Japanese import Miyu Tanimitsu put UiTM ahead with a penalty corner in the first minute, before Nurinsafi took the lead with goals from Nur Rahull Hrsikesa Thaitchana Muruthi in the 17th minute and Muhammad Azfar Yaqoob in the 25th minute.
Tanimitsu equalised for UiTM after completing a penalty stroke in the 32nd minute, but Muhammad Azfar and Mohd Norhafizie Jamil Azomi sealed the victory for Nurinsafi after scoring in the 43rd and 50th minutes respectively.
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