UniKL emerged as champions of the KLHA Division One league when they edged Tenaga Nasional Berhad 2-1 in an entertaining final at the Pantai Hockey Stadium tonight.
The win earned UniKL RM3,000 as prize money besides the George Koshy Challenge Trophy. TNB took home RM2,000 for finishing second while Sapura were third and received RM1,000 for their efforts.
At the end of the league, UniKL were on the top of the standings with 22 points, the same as TNB but superior goal difference gave them the top spot.
And the two teams played each other twice, with honours even in the league clashes as UniKL won one match 7-5 but lost the second 4-6.
The final got off to a delayed start due to rain but once play got underway it was end to end stuff as both teams went on the offensive looking for the opening goal.
UniKL took the lead in the 25th minute via Mohd Noor Faez Ibrahim who converted a penalty corner. But after that the UniKL players were guilty of squandering sitters and this allowed TNB to get back into the game.
TNB were on level terms in the 50th minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke that Mahinder Singh duly converted.
However UniKL were not to be denied as Faez was on target in the 59th minute to give them the title.