Sapura pulled the rug from beneath Terengganu HT by coming for a goal down twice in the match to take all three points with a 4-2 win in the TNBMHL Premier Division at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was their first win having drawn two matches ( Nur Insafi and TNB) and lost the other to Maybank. And the fact that the win came barely 24 hours after having held Tenaga nasional Berhad to a 2-2 draw was more commendable.

Terengganu forced an early penalty corner, in the 2nd minute but skipper Mohd Shahrun Nabil failed to stop the ball cleanly. But they kept pushing forward and were eventually rewarded in the 8th minute as Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil steered the ball past Sapura keeper Mohd hairi Abdul Rahman  from close range after fine work by Fitri Saari on the right.

Two penalty corners for terengganu went wasted as Fitri failed to put enough power behind his flick in the first and Nor Hafiq Abdul Ghaffar muffed the second in the 10th and 11th minutes respectively.

Sapura were on level terms in the 13th minute as Khasif Ali's penalty corner deflected off Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's stick past his own keeper, Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri to make it one a piece. They could have taken the lead in the 19th minute when off their second penalty corner, Khasif relayed the ball to a diving Mohammad zubair who saw his deflection come off the upright.

Terengganu had defensive frailities and almost paid the price on several occassions, thanks to some fine defensive work by Azlan misron and Shahrun while upfront Ismail Abu was playing listlessly.

Hardly was the second half into its second minute that Terengganu HT went into the lead, this time Nor Hafiq sending his penalty corner flick into the roof of the Sapura goal.

But the tide turned in the in the space of two minutes. Joel Samuel van Huizen put Sapura on level terms in the 46th minute and a minute later Sapura took the lead via Faridzul Afiq Mohd. And Terennganu panicked.

Muhammad Zubair extended Sapura's lead to 4-2 by netting in the 53rd minute and everything was going wrong for Terengganu whose defence was in shambles and midfield virtually non existent.

Terengganu had nine penalty corners in the match, and their weakness in this department was sorely exposed as they only had one goal to show from it.

 



 

 

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