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News : Shaky Start for UniKL Young Guns

Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jan 2014 - Title aspirants UniKL Young Guns were made to sweat before registering a 2-0 win over KL Sports School-KLHC at the Pantai Hockey Stadium in a MILO Junior Hockey League (MJHL) 2014 Division One match.

UniKL has only them to blame as they wasted many chances that could have given them a comfortable win. With 7 penalty corners misses, 3 field goal attempts hitting the goal posts and numerous other goal scoring chances wasted, the Young Guns has to solve the goal scoring woes in training if they aspire to lift the Double Championship this year.

"We wasted far too many penalty corners in the match and this is something we need to rectify in training," said UniKL first year coach, Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi. "While it's always good to start off with a win, it was a rather erratic performance in the first half and things improved after we got the first goal. We need to play better as I believe the players were nervous as it was the opening match and they lacked the patience required. Still the three points are a relief as openers can be difficult and it could have derailed our season even before it could get underway."

UniKL could have taken the lead in the third minute but the attempted deflection by Zizi Azwan Hassan Basri came off the upright. They also wasted three penalty corners in the first half, with Muhd Zulhaziq Hashim woefully off target, hardly posing any threat to the KLSS defenders. In fact KLSS could have taken the lead in the 31st minute with Fallah Hassan Shahrom Jamil's deflection came of the bar.

It took UniKL only four minutes upon resumption to take the lead as Zizi Azwan slotted in a rebound after the initial shot from Muhd Fridaus Musa came off the KLSS keeper. Firdaus then got into the scoring act, neatly tucking in a penalty corner in the 48th minute to make it 2-0 in favour of UniKL.

UniKL Young Guns will resume training on January 13 and will not play any league game until January 24 against Malacca High School.

(Game photos courtesy of Majlis Sukan IPTS Malaysia)

Reported by
Amir Azhar Ibrahim
President, UniKL Hockey

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