Tenaga Nasional upset the formbook when they edged double champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) 4-3 in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League yesterday.
The win saw Tenaga topping the table with 13 points going into the return-leg of the MHL.
The top-of-the-table clash proved to be a thriller, as Tenaga Nasional rattled defending double champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) by playing attacking hockey in the first five minutes.
Tenaga, whose only blemish in the first round was a 2-2 draw against Maybank, were again powered by national player Faizal Saari who scored his tenth goal in five matches in the fifth minute.
Faizal made a darting run to the goal-line, and just as the crowd thought he was going to run out of playing turf, he unleashed a powerful reverse-stick drive which beat goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin. But after scoring the early goal,
Tenaga decided to sit back and soak in the pressure, and only attacked off rare counters. They were punished by Syamim Yusof, whose penalty corner rebound in the 26th minute drew KLHC on level terms.
But Tenaga re-took the lead in the 32nd minute, when Amir Farid's reverse stick again beat Roslan for the half-time lead.
In the second half, Faizal again delivered for Tenaga when he scored his 11th goal off a penalty corner drive in the 42nd minute, and the utility giants were looking good for an upset. However, KLHC skipper Azlan Misron narrowed the gap to 2-3 when he tapped in from close range off a penalty corner set-piece in the 54th minute.
But Faizal again came to Tenaga's rescue with another powerful penalty corner drive in the 65th minute for a comfortable 4-2 lead. Ahmad Kazamirul scored a 70th minute penalty corner goal for KLHC, but the day belonged to Tenaga.