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Saturday, February 25, 2012



Division Two champions Sapura were shellshocked after they were held to a 1-1 draw by MBI Anderson in the Milo Cup quarter-finals at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium yesterday.
But usual suspects, SSTMI Thunderbolts, Bukit Jalil Sports School and UniKL Young Guns scored convincing wins and have virtually qualified for the last four stage.
Thunderbolts defeated Petaling Jaya Municipal Council 7-1 while UniKL Young Guns sent USM-MSSSPP packing with a 6-1 win. In another quarterfinal match BJSS defeated Malacca High School also with a 6-1 win.
Anderson, who finished fourth in Division One, soaked in the pressure after coming back from a goal down, and now aim to seal a semi-finals slot in the return leg tomorrow.
Sapura also lost two players to demerit points, and Fadzli Zulkifli and Farid Zuki will be siting on the stands in the crucial second leg.
Harmesh Singh gave Sapura the lead off a penalty corner attempt in the 17th minute, but Helmi Jaffar equalised for Anderson in the 38th minute also off a penalty corner attempt.
"Sapura played a robust game to rattle my players, but they ended up losing concentration match instead. My players can play better hockey than today (yesterday) and I believe they will be at their best in the return leg," said MBI Anderson coach Dalbir Singh.
Sapura coach I. Vickneswaran was disappointed that his charges muffed four open chances.
"When you fail to score four open goals in a match, there is bound to be unnecessary pressure in the return leg. Sapura will also play without two regulars, and that itself is going to make us the underdogs," said Vickneswaran.
League champions SSTMI Thunderbolts virtualy qualified for the semi-finals when they hammered Petaling Jaya Municipal Council 7-1, making the return leg purely academic.
UniKL Young Guns, roared on by their support group Ultras, took a 3-0 lead at halftime and added another three in the second half for the huge win.
UniKL took a 2-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes thanks to goals from Shazrul Imran Nazli (4th minute) and Muhammad Hafiz Zainol ( 8th minute). After that it was a case of overconfidence as UniKL wasted the chances created.
The third goal came in the 28th minute via Hafiz and it was a comfortable halftime lead for the university side.
Muhammad Syafiq Zulzairin made it 4-0 in the 41st minute before Mohd Nor Aqmal Abd Ghaffar converted a penalty corner in the 55th minute to give UniKL a 5-0 lead.
USM pulled a goal back in the 60th minute through Mohammad Izzuan Halim but within seconds UniKL struck through Mohd Hafify Mohd Rodzi to make it 6-1. And the score stood till the final whistle.
Meanwhile BJSS scored two goals in each half in their 4-0 win over Division Two runners up MHS. Mohammad Azrul Hasbullah opened scoring in the 11th minute before Mohd Redzwan Jaafar made it 2-0 at the stroke of halftime.
Two goals by Mohammad Hafifi Elkan Nordin ( 47th and 57th minutes) made it 4-0 before Mohd Hazrul Hasbullah scored the fifth goal for BJSS in the 59th minute.
MHS pulled a goal back in the 66th minute when Mohd Haniff Abdul Razak converted a penalty corner but it was temporary joy as BJSS made it 6-1 via Mohd Syazwi Rani three minutes before time.



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