Thursday, August 13, 2009


It was a rude awakening for Dutch coach Jaap Suyk who made his coaching debut on the Kuala Lumpur bench for the Tun Razak Cup.

The Dutchman saw his charges succumb to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Project 2013 in their opening match at the Tun Razak Stadium. It was not the defeat that would have shocked Jaap as at one stage his team was trailing 5-1 and scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the match.

"They took too long to settle down and we had many chances but failed to make use of them,"contends Jaap.

"Credit to the Juniors as they played well but we made several defensive mistakes to hand them some easy goals. Fitness was not the problem as evident when we scored in the final minutes of the match.

"We opted to play long balls and rather then build on the lead, we handed the initiative to the opponents and play simple hockey and not make things difficult."

Kuala Lumpur took the lead in the first minute through Mohd Faizal Daud.But that was all they had to show for the next hour or so as the Juniors ran rings around them.

The Juniors were on level terms in the 31st minute when Muhamad Firhan Ashari scored.

In the second half the Juniors were all over the city side and went 5-1 ahead via goals from Shazril Irwan Nazli (38th minute), Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi (41 and 44th minutes) and Mohd Zulhairi Hashim (49th minute).

KL scored three goals in a space of three minutes as Tajol Rosli Mohamad(68th and 69th minute) and Mohd Fairuz Ramli (70th minute) but ran out of time to force an equaliser.

The City side have themselves to blame as they created enough chances in the course of the match but missed several sitters. And they have an off day tomorrow to reflect on what went wrong.

Meanwhile Negri Sembilan, who were runners-up last year had the heavens to thank for preventing them from being further humiliated by Johor.

With the rain still pouring after the 45 minute wait, Johor were declared winners with a 5-0 margin, the score as it stood when the match was stopped in the 42nd minute.

Mohd Nor Hafiq was the toast of the Johor side as he hammered in three penalty corners, in the 3rd,21st and 39th minutes with skipper Robert Alacantra (1st minute) and Mohd Fikri Bassar (42nd minute) being the other goal scorers.

Negri will take on the Project 2013 side tomorrow while Johor play pre-tournament favourites Malacca.