MAS V IRL ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
Two goals from Ahmad Tajuddin helped Malaysia defeat Ireland and make it two wins from two matches, moving his side to the top of Pool B on Day 5 of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.
Tajuddin scored goals in the first and fourth quarter, with a green card in the second and a yellow in the third capping an eventful day for the Malaysian number 8. Team captain Rahim Razie and Mutilib Sukri were also on the score-sheet, with Peter Caruth and Shane O’Donoghue registering fine strikes for the Green Machine.
Although the Irish were guilty of wasting some good chances, Malaysia were worthy winners and could easily have had more were it not for the agility of goalkeeper Davey Harte, who denied Rahim Razie from the penalty spot with a brilliant reaction save.
“We fought really hard in this game because we knew what we wanted to do and we achieved it today”, said Malaysia’s Tengku Ahmad, who was clearly delighted to win in what was his 200th senior international appearance for his country. “As a team we achieved what we wanted, but personally it is a really special day to win on my 200th game.”
Ireland captain and goalkeeper Davey Harte was in a reflective mood after the match, stating: “It is bitter disappointment for us as we came into the game on the back of a pretty strong performance against Great Britain (2-2), but we gave away too many soft goals today and didn’t convert our chances, which often comes back to haunt you.”
Regarding his penalty stroke save, Harte said: “It was good to save the stroke but the problem was the three goals that went in before that, which was just too many.”
- Match 11
- Date Thu, 25 Jun 2015
- Time 14:00
- Venue KHC Dragons