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Duel of sticks: Maybank’s Shafqat Rasool (right) tussling for the ball with Terengganu’s Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah during their Malaysian Hockey League match yesterday.

Duel of sticks: Maybank’s Shafqat Rasool (right) tussling for the ball with Terengganu’s Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah during their Malaysian Hockey League match yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank had a dream start in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) after edging debutants Terengganu 2-1 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

The Tigers went ahead through Pakistani Shakeel Abassi’s field goal in the 27th minute before Terengganu equalised through M. Sufi Ismat M. Rohul Amin’s field attempt eight minutes later.

Muhammad Waqas then turned hero for Maybank by grabbing the winner in the 52nd minute.

Maybank coach Wallace Tan said that his side needed to work harder when they face Sapura in their second match today.

“It’s always good to start the league with a win ... I’m happy with my boys’ performance against Terengganu,” he said.

“We should have made better use of our chances .. it’s something we need to improve on against Sapura.”

Terengganu coach Nik Rozemi Nik Mohd also rued his side’s missed chances.

The east coast side had five penalty corners – two more than Maybank – but still ended up losers.

“Our players were too hasty when they had chances to score ... if they had remained calm, we could have at least drawn the match,” he said.

Meanwhile, Division One side Ipoh City Council (MBI) have lodged a formal protest to the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) following their 4-2 loss to UiTM at the Azlan Shah Stadium on Friday.

MBI filed a protest after finding out that their opponents had 12 players on the pitch before it was noticed by the match officials in the 63rd minute.

MHC competitions executive Hashim Mohd Yusof said they would meet today to discuss the issue.



 

 

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