MALAYSIA WIN, BUT BELOW PAR PERFORMANCE

Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:26

Malaysia defeated Iran 6-1 in a lop sided match in the 7th Junior Asia Cup at the MBM stadium in Malacca tonight.

But their performance was far from convincing as they played below par and were guilty of squandering chances that they created.

What was more unbecoming was the fact that the players were after self glory as they wanted to score goals by individual display rather than making use of a team mate that was in a better position.

The fact that the Iranians were tackling low, expectedly given that they play more indoor hockey than field hockey further compounded the problems for the Malaysian players who time and again tried to dribble their way through.

Malaysia took the lead in the fifth minute through skipper Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim whose flick sailed into goal.

But the magic failed in the next four penalty corners as all it achieved was injuries to the Iranian first runners who were running kamikaze into the flicker.

With the first runner Mohabbi Ali out injured, Faeez made count the fifth penalty corner to put Malaysia 2-0 ahead.

Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi made it 3-0 in the 18th minute. However Iran were unperturbed and relied on fast breaks to trouble the Malaysian defenders.

In one such move the nippy Noraniyan Hamid pulled a goal back in the 20th minute when he caught the Malaysian keeper Muhd Hazrul Faiz with a low flick into the corner.

With Faizal Saari and Muhammad Ramadhan woefully off colour, it was left to Mohd Firhan Ashaari to save the blushes as he scored in the 29th minute to give Malaysia a 4-1 lead going into halftime.

Faeez only took two minutes into the second half to complete his hattrick, also off a penalty corner to make it 5-1.

Although Iran were awarded their first penalty corner of the match in the 42nd minute, they failed to get a shot on target.

As the Malaysians were dumbfounded in their attempt to break down a stubborn Iranian defence, their opponents gained in confidence but were too eager to score when chances were created.

Amir Farid scored his second of the night and Malaysia’s sixth in the 61st minute and despite awarded three penalty corners in the closing minutes, they failed to add on to their scoreline.

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