UniKL played a gallant game to upset the more fancied Yayasan Negeri Sembilan 4-3 in the Premier League match of the TNB Malaysian Hockey League at the National Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was a courageous display from the youthful UniKL side that were not given much of a chance prior to the game as they played badly in their opening match against Uitm where they could only manage a draw.

The win tonight takes UniKl to the third spot in the standings, a position that they will find hard to keep as they have tough matches over the weekend.

UniKL took the lead in the 9th minute when Muhammad Noor Faeez sent in a low drag flick that caught out YNS keeper Nasir Ahmad. It was a deserved lead considering that UniKL looked the more hungrier side in the opening ten minutes.

But the lead did not last long as YNS were on level terms in the 14th minute when Ihsan Ulah Khan sent a powerful flick into the roof of the UniKL goal.

Though UniKL were awarded two penalty corners in quick succession, they were thwarted by superb keeping by YNS custodiam Nasir, who dived full length to deny Taufik in the 18th minute.

And seven minutes later YNS took the lead through Aamir Shahzad.

But the young UniKL side were undeterred and took the fight to their more fancied opponents, often catching them in possession with timely tackles.

And their tenacity was rewarded when Dedy Ariyadi Jumaidi rounded up three defenders outside the semi circle and unleashed an unstoppable shot in the 28th minute to put UniKL on level terms.

Mohammad Ramadan Rosli then showed his killer instinct in the 31st minute, when he found himself unmarked and scored with a hefty shot into the corner, leaving Nasir and his defenders bewildered.

It took YNS just three minutes upon resumption from the halftime break to draw level. Ihsan's penalty corner attempt was only half cleared by UniKL keeper Abdul Hakim Adnan and the rebound fell to Muhammad Hafiz Zakaria who had the simple task of steering the ball into goal in the 38th minute to make it 3-3.

Mohammad Azri Hassan turned out to be the hero for UniKL as he deflected a penalty corner shot by Taufik two minutes from time for the underdogs to net all three points.

On the adjacent pitch, Tenaga Nasional bounced back from their opening match defeat at the hands of KL Hockey Club to defeat Nur Insafi Penang 5-1.

Faisal Saari scored in the 10th and 33rd minutes to give TNB a 2-0 lead at halftime. Muhammad Fariq Saadon made it 3-0 in the 45th minute and TNB were coasting.

Mohammad Firhan Ashaari scored in the 55th and 63rd minutes to put them into the drivers seat. Nur Insafi scored a consolation in the last minute via a penalty corner goal from Mohd Zakaria Kamaruzaman.



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