KL Hockey Club lived dangerously before snatching a comeback 3-2 win over Sapura in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League Premier Division at the National Hockey Stadium.
And on the adjacent pitch, Terengganu HT exacted sweet revenge over UniKL following their 3-1 defeat last win to triumph 4-1 in the reverse fixture today.
In the final match of the day, Tenaga Nasional Berhad had to dig deep into their reserves as they edged Nur Insafi Warriors 1-0 to stay in the second spot of the standings.
UniKL almost drew the first blood in the second minute through Rashid Baharom whose shot from the right sailed inches past the far post. And that was a wake up call for the east coast side.
Terengganu were awarded a penalty corner in the 4th minute but failed to get a shot on target. But that did not deter them and they were all over the UniKL side who opted to play low defence.
And UniKL paid the price in the 20th minute with Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Ab Jalil breaking on the left to pass to Alif Nazaruddin A. Nadhri to tap in from close range to put Terengganu 1-0 ahead.
Four minutes later Sufi Ismat Md Rohul Amin made it 2-0 after he was left alone on the far post and had the simplest of tasks to slot home with UniKL keeper Saiful Azhar Mohd Affandi strandard.
Fitri Saari scored a gem of a goal in the 41st minute for a comfortable 3-0 lead and Terengganu were now playing with renewed confidence and had UniKL backppedalling.
S. Selvarajoo pulled a goal back for UniKL in the 53rd minute but the normally effective Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim failed to make use of the two penalty corners awarded in the 58th, 63rd and 68th minutes.
"We gave them too much respect and paid the price for it. We let in soft goals and failed to make use of the chances that we created. It was a poor display by our standards and it was a disappointing outing," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.
KLHC had beaten Sapura with a similiar scoreline last week in Kuantan and were rather lucky that they walked away with all three points to stay on the top of the standings.
"It was a lucky escape for us and credit to Sapura who played really well. We were a bit soft in defene and need to do better. But I admire the fighting qualities displayed by my players as they never gave up," said KLHC manager George Koshy.
"We need to ensure that we collect three points on Sunday as well and remain focussed."
Sapura were the early aggressors and deservingly took the lead in the 9th minute through Dangerous Lee. But KLHC were undeterred and found the equaliser four minutes before halftime as Akhtar Ali struck to amke it 1-1 going into halftime.
Sapura surged infront in the 40th minute when Khasif Ali converted a penalty corner, for Sapura's second and taking his tally to nine goals in the MHL.
The lead however lasted only eight minutes as KLHC's ace penalty corner striker Muhammad Imran made it all square before stepping up to score from another peanlty corner in the 52nd minute to give KLHC the lead for the first time in the match.
In the final match of the day, TNB took the lead in the 6th minute when Faisal Saari scored. But it was a case of going for self glory that cost TNB a bigger win with Faisal the chief culprit as he muffed chance after chance, including penalty corners in the 28th and 51st minutes.
Nur Insafi also created chances but they were not sharp in the semi circle and that cost them a share of the spoils.