UnIKL were held to a 1-1 draw by Uitm is what was billed as the battle of the universities in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil this evening.
Though UniKL had the lion share of the game, their failure to score from the numerous chances they created as well as territorial advantage they had, meant that they had to be satisfied with a single point, when in reality they should have wrapped up all three points.
Uitm fielded five Qatar players in the likes of Muhammad Rizwan, Sheraz Ali Rafaqat Ali, Tariq Nazir Ahmad, Sami Ullah Saleem Mohammad and Muhammad Sohail Muhammad Mustafa.
In contrast, UniKL, who had five foreigners last season, were an all Malaysian outfit and relying basically on youngsters.
UinKL were awarded a penalty corner in the 9th minute but Mohammad Noor Faeez Ibrahim's shot hit a defenders foot. And the ensuing penalty corner was wasted as the pushout was bad.
That handed Uitm the initiative as they launched a quick counter attack and were awarded a penalty corner. Though the initial attempt was saved by UniKL keeper Abdul Hakim Adnan, the rebound fell to Qatari Sherza Ali Rafaqat Ali who had the presence of mind to flick it into goal to give Uitm a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.
Try as they did, UniKL just failed to get past the Uitm defence and at halftime trailed 0-1.
And it was off their fifth penalty corner in the 59th minute that Faeez finally found the back of the net to save UniKL the blushes.