Thunderbolts strike as Johor Ju­niors tame Tigers

New Straits Times - - Sport - Jugjet Singh

JOHOR Ju­niors’ 3-2 win over Petaling Jaya City Coun­cil (PJCC) Tigers on Sun­day ended the lat­ter’s un­beaten run and also opened up the race for the Ju­nior Hockey League Divi­sion One ti­tle.

The mam­moth ef­fort also ben­e­fited de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Tunku Mahkota Is­mail Sports School (SSTMI) Thunderbolts who moved to the top of the stand­ings af­ter an em­phatic 10-0 maul­ing of Univer­siti Kuala Lumpur Young Guns.

PJCC Tigers took the lead in the sev­enth minute off Sya­bil Aizam’s field goal but Johor Ju­niors lev­elled five min­utes later from Shafiq Has­san’s penalty cor­ner.

The Johor side went 2-1 up in the 43rd minute with a field strike from Al­farico Lance Liau.

Syafiq Iz­zudin then made it 2-2 in the 47th minute from a penalty cor­ner but Faris Ros Fadil­lah en­sured three points for Johor Ju­niors through a field goal in the 53rd minute.

SSTMI Thunderbolts now have 16 points af­ter seven matches fol­lowed by BJSS Thun­der­bolt on 15 while PJCC Tigers dropped to third (also on 15 points but less goals scored).

How­ever, PJCC have only played six matches.

SSTMI Thunderbolts team man­ager Adam Izamry said the or­der of the day was to go for goals. “We want to re­tain the league ti­tle, and the in­struc­tion was to win by big mar­gins start­ing with UniKL and I’m happy the team have found their mo­men­tum.

“The first three matches were hard be­cause seven of our play­ers were in­volved in the Asian School Un­der-18 Cham­pi­onship in In­dia.

“But our next match is on Fri­day against Olak-Nurin­safi and this will give us much needed rest.”

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