Azlan Shah Hockey: Malaysia claims bronze

Malaysia claims bronze
Azlan Shah Hockey: Malaysia claims bronze

Azlan Shah Hockey: Malaysia claims bronze

In what appeared to be a repeat of yesterday’s pool game, the host Malaysia defeated Canada 4-2 to take the bronze medal in the 28th Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament at Ipoh on Saturday. Malaysia led 3-1 at the breather.

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In a game of pulsating turns, Malaysians enjoyed a slight edge over their opponents both in ball control and man to man marking. Though the Canadians tried to play open hockey, creating gaps, working out moves and threatening their opponents with good scoring opportunities, Malaysians brought their good work to naught with solid defence.

On the other hand, Canadian defence became vulnerable to onslaughts of the Malaysians.

Though Mark Pearson gave Canada lead in the 14th minute, Malaysians went all out for the equaliser. They had to wait till the 21st minute when  Aiman Razam scored from a penalty corner. Once at level terms, the hosts then ran comfortably over their opponents territory and making full use of scoring opportunities coming their way.

In the 29th minute Abu Kamal Azrai scored a brilliant field goal followed by an equally impressive goal by experienced Tangku Tajuddin to make the score 3-1 at the break.

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Midway in the second half, Malaysia took the lead ahead with a penalty corner conversion by Faizal Saari before James Wallace pulled one back, a minute before the final whistle to make the score look respectable at 2-4.

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