Friday, March 13, 2015

Malaysia made to work before defeating minnows Ghana in World Hockey League

KUALA LUMPUR: Trust Malaysian teams to make things difficult for themselves.
Take the Malaysia women’s hockey team for example.

They made heavy weather of minnows Ghana before prevailing 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s World Hockey League Round Two at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

World No. 21 and second seeds Malaysia scored from their first penalty corner – converted by Norazlin Sumantri – in the third minute, sparking hopes of a goal rush.

Instead, Malaysia had to wait until the 25th minute before getting the second goal, off a field attempt by Hanis Nadiah Onn.

It was her third goal of the tournament.

Coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli admitted that the forwards were a letdown.
“The forwards are clearly disappointed. We dominated the match and created many chances ... but we just couldn’t get it right,” he said.

“Ghana also defended in numbers and this made things difficult for us.”
He was, however, satisfied with his defenders.

“We have not conceded a goal in all four matches ... that’s a good sign.
“The important thing is that we’ve qualified for the semi-finals.

“We have a rest day tomorrow and we’ll focus on our semi-final match. We need to win the match to seal our place in the World League Semi-Finals (in either Belgium or Argentina in June).”

The Star

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