An­der­son aim to be gi­ant killers again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AN­DER­SON Thun­der­bolts are look­ing for­ward to another gi­ant killing feat to reach the fi­nal of the TNB Cup in the Ju­nior Hockey League.

The Ipoh lads shocked newly crowned Divi­sion One League cham­pi­ons Petaling Jaya City Coun­cil Tigers 3-2 in the quar­ter-fi­nals at the PJCC Sta­dium on Fri­day.

And An­der­son, who fin­ished fifth in Divi­sion One, now want to get the bet­ter of Pa­hang Hockey Academy (AHP)-MSPThun­der­bolt in the semi-fi­nals at the Tun Razak Sta­dium to­day.

An­der­son coach M. Kal­iswaran said: “My play­ers are in high spirit af­ter they shocked favourites PJCC at their own back­yard.

“My boys showed that they can beat any top team in the knock­out stage and I have faith that they will rise to the oc­ca­sion again to turn the ta­bles on Pa­hang,” Kal­iswaran said.

“We also have a score to set­tle against Pa­hang as we lost to them (2-1 in the penalty shootout af­ter both teams ended tied 2-2 in reg­u­la­tion time) in the play­off for third place last year.

“We also lost to Pa­hang 3-1 in the League match this sea­son but play­ing in the knock­out stage is a dif­fer­ent ball game.”

Pa­hang Hockey Academy coach Su­fian Mo­hamed said An­der­son have im­proved a lot this sea­son.

“If they can stun favourites PJCC, then they are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team to reach the fi­nal. The pres­sure would be on us to stop them,” said Su­fian.

The other semi-fi­nal is be­tween over­all cham­pi­ons Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Thun­der­bolts and last year’s league cham­pi­ons Tunku Mahkota Is­mail Sports School (SSTMI) Thun­dr­bolts.

TO­DAY – Men’s semi-fi­nals: An­der­son Thun­der­bolts v MSP Thun­der­bolts (Tun Razak, 6pm), BJSS Thun­der­bolts v SSTMI Thun­der­bolts (Tun Razak. 8.30pm).

Women’s semi-fi­nals: SSTMI v MSN Kedah (KLHA, 4pm), USM v KLSS-Wipers (KLHA, 6pm). Jugjet Singh

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