KLHC edged Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) 5-4 in a penalty shootout. They had previously beaten Terengganu 2-1 in the 2016 Charity Shield and also won it last year – 6-5 in a penalty shootout after both teams were tied 2-2, making this their 3rd straight win. This is also the second title that they have won – the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup and the Charity Shield within the space of one week.
South Korean Jang Jong Hyun (16th) and Hafizuddin Zaidi (24th) netted for KLHC before THT cameback with goals by Faizal Saari (44th) and Argentine Gonzalo Peillat (58th).
“It was a case of losing two points rather than gaining one after taking a 2-0 lead.However, winning the Charity Shield eases our pain.We did not play up to expectations and for long spells we were chasing the ball rather than letting our opponents work harder. We were always second best to the ball today. We need to do more in order to keep possession in upcoming matches.”sad KLHC coach Lim Chiow Chuan.
The KL team, powered by seven national players and six foreigners, boasted of two penalty corner specialists in South Korea’s Jang Jong-hyun and national player Muhd Razie Abdul Rahim.
Jong-hyun, was last year’s top scorer in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with 16 goals, while Razie was MHL top scorer in 2010 where he delivered 27 goals to help KLHC win the double – league and overall titles.
Both teams started off cautiously in the first quarter as there was hardly a single on target attempt. In the penalty shootout, Faizal missed the opening attempt that led to THT’s defeat.
“Last year we won two titles but this season we hope to create history by winning all four titles at stake in the MHL,” said KLHC team manager Ahmad Anuar Sham Kamar.
KLHC will take on Tenaga Nasional Berhad in their next match on Sunday.