Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Malaysia Stay In The Hunt For Spot In The Final After Beating Canada 3-1

IPOH, March 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia overcame a jittery first half to overcome Canada 3-1 and keep their final hopes alive in the 23rd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium tonight, here tonight.

The Canadians, fully utilised their physical advantage and threw the Malaysian players off guard at times, forcing Malaysia to dig deep into their reserves to carve out a much needed victory.

"We knew coming into the match that it is not going to be easy. We knew they would intimidate our players with their physical game and fight for every ball," said Malaysian coach Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah.

The win was Malaysia's second in three matches while the other was a 2-2 draw against South Korea.

Malaysia took the lead when Faizal Saari slammed the ball past Canadian goalkeeper David Carter, after receiving a splendid pass from Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jalil, who had earlier weaved his way past two Canadian defenders.

However, the Canadian players levelled the score in the 15th minute when Adam Froese tapped in a rebound from a penalty corner hit.

Before the breather, Malaysia had to play with 10-man when Faizal was flashed the yellow card after making a nasty challenge on Canada's Jagdish Gill.

After the break, Faizal made amends for his earlier miss with another goal for Malaysia when he converted a penalty corner in the 46th minute.

His two goals earned him the Man of the Match award.

Malaysia continued their attack and in the 67th minute Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin deflected the ball into goal after a melee inside the circle.

The match between Malaysia and Canada was witnessed by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

-- BERNAMA

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