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13 Oct 2018

Malaysia finish fifth Featured

Malaysia finished in fifth place in the 2018 edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup after a 6-3 win over New Zealand at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.


The Malaysians achieved just their second win of the tournament. In the preliminary round, they had draw 5-5 with New Zealand and beat Japan 1-0.

Once again, the Malaysians had taken an early lead against the Kiwis and kept up the attack until the end.

The script for the fifth placing seems to run like the match during the preliminary round. The Malaysians took a 4-0 lead then and once again were up four goals by the 28th minute.

Then the Kiwis started scoring and soon by the 46th minute the scoreline read 5-3 in favour of the Malaysians. And the last 10 minutes saw some frantic work by both sides to try and win the match. In the preliminary round, the match ended 5-5.

But the end this time was in favour of Malaysia winning 6-3.

Malaysian forward Mohamed Abu Kamal scored four goals in the match with the goals coming in the first, 12th, 36th and 60th minutes.

Mohamed Khalid and Mohamed Zaidi added the other goals in the 23rd and 29th minutes.

For the Kiwis, the goals scorers were Maks Wyndham Smith (30), Kalyan Jeram (33) and Tim Neild (46).

National coach Nor Saiful Zaini said that it was good to have won another match in the tournament.

“Both teams looked tired. We scored from our counter-attacks. It is good to be able to score field goals like these. We were just a shade better today. The players must learn to adapt to the fast game and not take it easy when leading. This, of course, comes with experience.

“But credit to the players for holding out when they started coming back into the game,” he said.

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