Tenaga Nasional B erhad wrested the second spot in the TNBMHL standings when they defeated Maybank 5-1 in an ill-tempered match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan.
At the halfway stage of the MHL, the two teams are tied on 12 points with KL Hockey Club having a four point lead over TNB and Maybank. And TNB deserved the win despite the fact there were several questionable decisions that went against the Tigers.The match was littered with stoppages and the players questioned just about every decision the umpires Iskandar Rashdan and R. Anbanathan made.
Maybank were awarded penalty cornerrs in the 17th and 27th minutes but could not make much headway while TNB were playing without direction in the first half despite having a lion share of possession.
The second half hardly was into the second minute when TNB were awarded a penalty stroke after umpire Iskandar Rashdan adjudged Muhammad Irfan to have stick checked Faisal Saari.
The national striker picked himself up to score despite the Maybank players having had a go at Iskandar.
Another two penalty corners for maybank in the 38th and 40th minutes saw TNB keeper S. Kumar in his element as he pulled of brilliant reflex saves to keep his team in the lead.
Faisal scored the second off apenalty corner in the 52nd minute and a minute later Mohd Firhan Ashaari scored to make it 3-0 for TNB. Firhan completed the rout with another goal in the 64th minute.
Amir farid scored TNB's fifth in the 70th minute but they conceded an own goal for a final score of 5-1.