Goodwood HC booked their ticket to the semifinals when they whipped UKM Staff 5-0 to set up a winner take it all match against Gurstick HC as both teams were in the running for the semifinals ticket. Goodwood’s Indran Manikam scored the opening goal at the start of the second quarter with a well taken field goal.
Gurstick HC went on the attack looking for the equalizer but could not find a way thru the resolute and determined Goodwood HC defense. Goodwood doubled their lead on the 33rd minute as Anbalagan Jayabalan converted a penalty corner and they held on to that lead till final whistle.
Senil Solutions needing only a point from two matches to book their semifinal ticket survived a scare as Puchong HC needing a win to qualify, took the lead on the 28th minute when Mohd Noor Khairul Azrin scored via penalty corner set piece. Puchong HC was just a minute away from a semifinal ticket but Senil Solutions’s Jasveer Singh broke their heart as he scored the equalizer in a fast counter attack in the last minute of the match.
IIUM Mustang thought they would have it easy against Synergy Hockey Club who lost the chance to qualify to the semifinals after losing 6-1 to River Blue Gombak in a midweek match. Synergy HC had other plans as they were resolute in defense with their German Goalkeeper Martin Maximilian Gedert pulling off a few brilliant save.
The Mustang who have been on a scoring spree with 29 goals todate could not find a way thru the defense marshaled
by Sri Muhunan Rajaratnam. IIUM Mustang were shocked on the 36th minutes as Synergy’s South African born Dean Ward thru ball to Mohd Hafiz Hashim earned his team a penalty corner, Sivanesan Nadaraja stepped up and let loose a stiff grounder to the left corner of the goal giving his team the lead.
The goal jolted IIUM Mustang awake who threw everyone into the attack and they were rewarded on the 41st minute as Mohd Anuar Syafir’s tomahawk shot crashed off Martin Gedert’s helmet and into the goal for the equalizer.
In the last quarter both teams took turns attaching as they went for the outright win but no one could find a break thru and it ended in a draw,
IIUM Mustang will face Goodwood HC in the cross over semifinals on Oct 8th while Senil Solutions will face the winner of Selayang vs River Blue Kuala Selangor.
In Division 5, an explosive semifinal awaits the 4 school teams that qualified to the semifinals of the TNB-QNET- SHL 2016. Group A SJI-Warrior unbeaten to date will take on the STAR Klang team while Gerakan Belia 4B Puchong will take on the team Pengkalang Permatang, Kuala Selangor based school team both matches being played on October 8 at the Education Ministry Stadium.
SJL-Warriors has only conceded 3 goals in their campaign will have their credentials tested by the attacking driven STAR Klang who have scored 46 goals todate. In the other semifinals, Gerakan Belia team from Puchong will not find it easy against Pengkalang Permatang who has been on a scoring spree as of late.