05 Nov 2016
Finally a Malaysian win Featured
Even years seems to be at odds for Malaysia at the Sultan of Johor Cup.
The Malaysian under-21s also played in the fifth-sixth placing match in 2012 and 2014, and will enter the 2016 SOJC final day in hope of avoiding the wooden spoon.
Sans 2-2 draw with Australia, Malaysia have been largely poor throughout the competition but will enter the classification tie with a psychological advantage over New Zealand.
Wallace Tan's men play New Zealand, a side they defeated 2-1 in the final round-robin match on Saturday despite failing to really make the most of their chances. Malaysia had nine penalty corners during the match but only managed to convert one.
"There will always be room for improvement ... what's important is that we won today and can get some confidence before meeting them again on Sunday," said Wallace.
"We had our chances today and need to create more again. I've been looking at how to improve the team as we go during this tournament and we're improving, but there's more room to work things out.
"We have to convert the chances we create. We have the last game remaining to get things right."
New Zealand, who have been struggling in Johor thus far, took the lead through Brad Read's penalty corner in the ninth minute.
Malaysia looked out of ideas in the final 25 yards and squandered five penalty corners in the first-half. Nik Aiman Nik Rosemi scored from open play in the 38th minute to level the tie while Najmi Farizal Jazlan put Malaysia ahead through the seventh short corner of the night in the 48th minute.
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