New Straits Times: The Malaysian Juniors earned their stripes when they came back from a goal down to beat England 3-2 in the Six-Nation Invitational at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Goalkeeper Khairul Nizam let in two soft goals, but the forward line clicked well to give
It was a goal mouth melee, and when the balled rolled towards the goal line, even goalkeeper Khairul Nizam stood rooted. There was confusion on who scored, and at last the credit went to Rob Pryce.
The sloppy men in yellow turned into matured players and pressured the English goal mouth, and in the 20th minute, won the second penalty corner.
Mohamed Suffian sent in a low ball to beat towering
Back into the match with a vengeance, the forwards started to gain confidence, and a one-two by S. Selvaraju and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin got
Tengku Ahmad had the choice of either passing back to Selvaraju or making an attempt at goal - and he chose the latter and pushed in the ball low into a small crevice between the goalkeeper Gollan and the post.
In the second half,
But instead of punishing the English,
It was another soft goal, and goalkeeper Khairul was to blame for it as he let Pryce's top-of-the-semicircle attempt to practically roll past him.
The score stood at 3-2 in favour of
Malaysian players threw all their might behind the ball, and sealed the three points with some gritty display.
In the other match,
Unlike when they drew 0-0 with
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