Thursday, September 26, 2013

Malaysia Beat England 3-1 For Third Consecutive Win

JOHOR BAHARU, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- Malaysia maintained its winning momentum in the Sultan of Johor Cup by chalking up its third consecutive victory by beating England 3-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, here, Wednesday.

Malaysia's top hit man Mohd Shahril Saabah was once again the toast of the team as he scored a brace from penalty corners in the 9th and 56th minutes while Izad Hakim accounted for the other in the 43rd minute, also from a penalty corner.

Mohd Shahril had scored a hattrick in the 4-2 win over Argentina and again kept his scoring touch intact in the win against South Korea.

"The pace of the match today was rather slow and we failed to covert a number of chances. We need to be more focused in the match against Pakistan tomorrow and India on Saturday," said head coach Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah.

Dhaarma admitted that playing against two of the most feared teams in Asia, Pakistan and India, won't be easy but believes his charges would be able to maintain their winning momentum to make it to the final and repeat the title winning feat of 2011.

Meanwhile, England managed to reduce the deficit in the 61st minute through Peter Bull's penalty corner strike.

In an earlier match played at the same venue, South Korea drew 2-2 with Argentina while India whipped Pakistan 4-0 in another exciting match.

India's goals came through Sukhmanjit Singh (37th, 48th min), Imran Khan (45th min) and Ramandeep Singh (61st min).

With the win, Malaysia moved to the top of the table with 9 points, the same as India but with a better goal difference after scoring 12 goals against India's nine.

-- BERNAMA

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