Negri Sembilan registered their first win in the MHC-Milo-NSC-MOE National Under 14 tournament when they defeated Malacca 3-1 at the Seremban Two Hockey Stadium this evening.
In their opening match against Perak the previous day, the hosts lost by a similar scoreline.
And defending champions Kuala Lumpur edged Perlis 2-1 to continue their winning start in the tournament.
It was Malacca that took the lead the 3rd minute through Muhammad Irsyad Amir.
Negri equalised in the 27th minute through Abduul Syafiq Abdul Razak. Muhammad Hilmi Hairuddin put Negri ahead in the 54th minute before Mahathir Rathuwan converted a penalty stroke two minutes before time to seal the win.
Defending champions Kuala Lumpur had to depend on the two strikes from Muhammad Fitri Khairul Ariffin in the 13th and 47th minutes for the win. Perlis scored in the stoppage time trough Kamaruddin Kodir Beraheng but it was too late.
Meanwhile last year’s losing finalists Terengganu too had to struggle to subdue Sabah.
Muhammad Amirul Mirza Rozi opened scoring in the 14th minute before Ahmad Taufik Md Jamil doubled the advantage in the 49th minute. But Sabah scored a consolation through Calvianus Sikta a minute before the end of regulation time.
In other matches Johor trashed Pahang 6-0 while Perak defeated Kedah 3-0.
Johor 6 Pahang 0
Kuala Lumpur 2 Perlis 1
Terengganu 2 Sabah 1
Perak 3 Kedah 0
Malacca 1 Negri Sembilan 3