Friday, March 16, 2012


Malaysia lost 3-2 to Korea in the Olympic Qualifier and have to defeat Ireland on Saturday in order to make it to the final, and remain in contention for a place in the 2012 London Olympics.

It was end to end stuff and a lapse in concentration fivre minutes from time left them a mountain to climb.

Present to lend support was HRH Sulatn Azlan Shah, MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Malaysian Ambassador to Ireland. Not forgetting the bunch of officials from MHC who are on a expenses paid trip to Dublin.

Malaysia were dealt a blow in the opening 30 seconds when Mohd Madzli Ikmar receiived a knock on the face and was substituted by Mohd Amin Rahim.

And although Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 2nd minute, it was a wasted set piece as Amin relayed it to Faisal Saari who was slow to react.

And Korea almost hit back in the very next minute but in the ensuing action Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor was shown the yellow for an off the ball incident.

When Korea was awardeca penalty corner in the 5th minute, Baljit Singh did well to run down the attempt but the ball was played back into the semi circle where a lurking You Hyo Sik had the easiest of tasks to beat S. Kumar in the Malaysian goal.

Korea came close a couple of times but the Malaysian defence held firm and in the 34th minute it was Madzli who was sent to the sin bin.

Malaysia were then awarded their second penalty corner seconds before halftime but the attempt by Amin was well saved by Lee Myung Ho.

Malaysia came out gunning for the equaliser in the second half, playing with more urgency, but were always one step behind the Koreans.

And in the 43rd minute You scored the second, picking up a long pass from defence, out foxing Amin before unleashing a reverse stick hit that beat Kumar in the far post.

Tengku Ahmad was in his eement and in the 59th minute went on a  jinxing run on the right and won a penalty corner.

Instead of a direct hit, Amin sent the ball to Tengku Ahmad whose deft touch sent the ball past a despairing dive from Korean keeper Lee and Malaysia were on level terms.

With ten minutes remaining, Malaysia were on top and had the Koreans reeling in defence,

But Korea won a penalty corner three minutes from time and Jang Jong Hyun sent the ball into the roof of the net, breaking the hearts of the Malaysians.