Maybank laboured to a 2-1 win over Armed Forces Airod in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. While the performance was below par, Maybank nonetheless will be happy to stop their two match losing run.

 

More importantly the win puts them back on track for a place in the last eight.

"It was crucial to win this match as the three points are important. We lost the first two by a close margin and played well only to lose. This time around we did not play well but won, so really I cannot complain," said Maybank coach Wallace Tan.

"Playing three matches in a space of five days will take its toll on any team and playing Armed Forces in the hot afternoon sun does not help our cause. So the break of five days before our next match will help us recover.

"It is not an ideal condition to be in as players are not allowed to recuperate before their next match due to the tight schedule but we just have to live by it."

Maybank forced three penalty corners in the first 20 minutes of the match but could not make much headway as the ATM defence was tight thus giving no room for Hairul Nizam Abdul Rani and Mohd Zulhairi Hashim to get shots on target.

And it was a rather listless display from both teams, obviously affected by the bouncy pitch as they struggled to get their act together. And the first half ended scoreless.

Things changed however in the 38th minute as Zulhairi made the fourth penalty corner count to give Maybank a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers went 2-0 up as Suhaimi Ibrahim connected a cross from the left and this gave the the confidence to push more players into attack.

But Mohd Zulkifi Abdullah reduced the deficit in the 56th minute as his penalty corner hit went into the corner, giving Maybank custodian Mohd Hanafi Hassan no chance despite being at full stretch.

However Maybank held on to win the match and the three points.



 

 

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