Defending champions KL Hockey Club went on a goal scoring spree to trash Yayasan Negeri Sembilan 8-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil to consolidate their position at the top of the standings.

The win gives KLHC maximum points from the four matches they have played and assures them of a place in the knockout stage.

It was their ability to increase the tempo of the game and clinical finishing that saw them run rings around their opponents that boasted of six ex internationals from Pakistan.

But even former World Cupper cum Olympian in keeper Nasir Ahmad was made to look like a novice as he conceded six goals in the first half and was replaced by Azrul Hairi Abdul Latif.

"The early goals helped our cause and after that it was a question of just how many we would score. It gave us a chance to rotate some players as there were some tired legs out there," said KLHC Manager George Koshy.

"It was a comprehensive performance and we hope that the players will continue performing to their abilities."

It took the defending champions only two minutes to open their accounts as Chua Boon Huat ghosted in from the blind side to deflect a shot by Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor past Nasir Ahmad in the YNS goal.

And eight minutes later Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim put the finishing touches to a penalty corner to give KLHC a 2-0 lead and they were in cruise mode.

The goals kept flowing at regular intervals after that as Harvinder Singh made it 3-0 in the 17th minute before Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof scored the fourth in the 23rd minute. However Syamim had to be stretchered off as a result of an injury suffered while scoring the goal.

All hell broke loose in the 27th minute as Ismail Abu and Ihsan Ullah Khan of YNS squared off against each other and they were both sent to the sin bin to cool off.

Chua got his second of the match, and KLHC's fifth in the 28th minute before Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil made it 6-0 in the 30th minute.

It got no better for YNS in the second half as Ismail made it 7-0 in the 43rd minute. And in the 60th minute Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin stepped up to convert a penalty corner to make it 8-0.




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