Grab their first JHL ti­tle af­ter draw against BJSS

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JUGJET SINGH jug jet@nst.com.my

PETALING Jaya City Coun­cil (PJCC) Tigers won their maiden Di­vi­sion One Ju­nior Hockey League (JHL) ti­tle when they held Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Thun­der­bolts 2-2 yes­ter­day.

The one point was enough to hand them the ti­tle, even though they went on to win the shootout 7-6 for two points.

To com­pound mat­ters, last year’s run­ners-up SSTMI Thun­der­bolts were held 1-1 by Jo­hor Ju­niors and even though they won the shoot-out 4-2 to col­lect two points, it was not enough to chal­lenge the Tigers.

Last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons BJSS Thun­der­bolts fin­ished third on 18 points.

“This is un­be­liev­able,” said an ec­static PJCC Tigers coach Harfizi Ba­harom.

“I told the play­ers be­fore the start that this is our best chance to win the league ti­tle and don’t let this chance go to waste.

“They played hard to win the ti­tle and we are ex­cited. We led 2-0 and I think the boys got car­ried away which al­lowed BJSS to come back for the equaliser. This is some­thing we must not al­low to hap­pen in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the TNB Cup for the over­all ti­tle,” he added.

A de­jected BJSS Thun­der­bolt coach BJSS coach Lokman Yahya com­mended PJCC for their fight­ing spirit and men­tal strength.

“We cre­ated a lot of chances and so we can only blame our­selves for let­ting this op­por­tu­nity slip away af­ter SSTMI were held to a 1-1 draw by Jo­hor Tigers,” he said.

RE­SULTS — Di­vi­sion One: Olak-Nurin­safi 4 Po­liteknik 2, An­der­son Thun­der­bolts 5 UniKL Young Guns 3, Jo­hor Junors 1 SSTMI Thun­der­bolts 1 SSTMI won shootout 4-2), PJCC Tigers 2 BJSS Thun­der­bolts 2 (Tigers win shoot-out 7-6), BJSS Ju­niors 3 MS Pa­hang-Thun­der­bolts 5.

Di­vi­sion Two, Fi­nal: SSTMI Ju­niors 1 SSMS Re­silient 3; Third-Fourth: Young Lions 1 MBMB War­riors 2.

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