KL Hockey Club gave its manager George Koshy a wonderful Good Friday and Easter as they consolidated their position at the top of the TNBMHL Premier Division with a thumping 7-0 win over Nur Insafi Warriors at the National Hockey Stadium.The win gives them 10 points from four outings and just a point behind are Maybank who defeated UniKL 4-1 in a match played on the adjacent pitch.
"It was a good weekend and what matters is the six points. Performance wise there are still several areas that we need to work on but the pleasing thing is that the fringe players also gave a good account of themselves. We now look forward to the next weekend where we are playing in Kuantan and hope to return with maximum points," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.
The defending champions seem to be over confident and their approach was best illustrated with them muffing two penalty corners they were awarded in the 6th and 16th minutes. They seem to lack ideas to penetrate the Nur Insafi defence who were clearly parking the bus in defence.
KLHC opened scoring in the 22nd minute through Tim Deavin who celebrated Easter with his first goal of the tournament. Umar Bhutta linked up well with Tim on the right and the australian's reverse stick attempt slipped inbetween the pads of Nur Insafi keeper Nasir Ahmad.
Harvinder Singh doubled the advantage in the 29th minute, nipping in from the left, going past the keeper and slotting in to give KLHC a 2-0 advantage.
Upon resumption KLHC went 3-0 ahead with Umar Bhutta finishing off from an acute angle after Chua Boon Huat made a hash of things with only the keeper to beat in the 40th minutre. And KLHC were on cruise mode.
Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor made it 4-0 in the 49th minute and Muhammad imran stepped up to convert KLHC's fourth penalty corner in the 53rd minute to make it 5-0. Imran made it 6-0 in the 58th minute before his pass found a lurking Muhammad Najib Abu Hassan who deflected in the seventh goal in the 61st minute.
On the adjacent pitch, UniKL had a great start as they took only six minutes to go into the lead thanks to Mohd Noor faeez Ibrahim. However the UniKL players then started getting irritated with several questionable calls by the match officials and this allowed Maybank back into the match with Muhammad irfan converting a penalty corner in the 23rd minute to make it 1-1.
Two goals in a space of two minutes gave the Tigers a healthy lead going into halftime. Shafqat Rasool scored in the 33rd minute before Muhammad Waqas closed the first half with a goal from a penalty corner.
UniKL had six penalty corners in the match but just could not find a way to reduce the deficit. And Dick Cheny Walli, a Sabahan, made his presence count as he made it 4-1 for Maybank to complete a miserable weekend for UniKL.
"UniKL key players have to cut making costly mistakes if UniKL wants to do well this season. It was the same case against TNB on Friday," lamented UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.