The Fans of HockeyJunior IndiaHosts Malaysia won Sultan of Johor Cup, India returns empty handed

The hosts Malaysia won the inaugural edition of Sultan of Johor Cup 2011 by beating Australia 3-2 on golden goal at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Bahru, while India fought back gallantly to draw level on two occasions, only to lose out in extra time 4-3 in Bronze Medal game. Harpeet Singh, Amit Rohidass and Satbir scored for India, while the Indian goalie palmed a penalty stroke in the last minute of regulation time to take the match in extra time. Indian team looked good in the patches through out tournament. They scored 4 goals in the first half and conceded 6 in second half against Korea in the opening match, played a good game against Aussies, then won against New Zealand and thrashed Pakistan 5-1 to keep themselves in the race for finals, but were at receiving ends in the last league against hosts Malaysia to get spanked by 5-1.

sultan-of-johor-cup-2011Roll of Honour
Champion: Malaysia
Runners-up: Australia
Third: South Korea
Fourth: India
Fifth: Pakistan
Sixth: New Zealand

Man-of-the-match (final): Mohamed Hazrul Faiz (Malaysia)
Best player of tournament: Mohamed Fitri Saari (Malaysia)
Best goalkeeper: Mohamed Hazrul Faiz (Malaysia)
Top scorer: Mohamed Noor Faeez (Malaysia) – seven goals.
Fairplay Trophy: New Zealand

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KOREA TAKE THIRD SPOT

Korea needed a golden goal to subdue India in the fight for the 3rd and 4th spot in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. Though Korea were 2-0 up, India fought back gallantly to draw level on two occasions, only to lose out in extra time. Korea opened scoring in the 7th minute through You Seung Seok who powered a drag flick into the roof of the Indian net. And in the 13th minute Korea went 2-0 ahead thanks to Yoon Dong Hyeon who scored his sixth goal of the tournament. India were shocked and reduced the deficit when Harpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke. And in the 28th minute India were on level terms when Amit Rohidass converted a penalty stroke. And India could well have taken the lead in the 30th minute but the effort by Devinder  Sunil Walkimi hit the upright and bounced to safety.

Korea struck as soon as the second half began as Yoon Dong Hyeon waltzed through the centre of defence and squared the ball to Hyun Ji Gwang who had the simplest of tasks to scores with Indian custodian Harmanpreet Singh caught out of position. Though Korea created several chances, including being awarded three penalty corners, they failed to capitalise and that allowed India a second bite at the cherry. And they duly scored the equaliser in the 64th minute through Satbir Singh. Korea had a chance to seal it in the final minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke 50 seconds from time, but skipper Yang Ji Hun failed to beat Harmanpreet and the match went into extra time.

Korea were awarded a penalty corner 40 seconds before the end of the first half of extra time, and this time Ji Hun made sure that his team finished on the podium with a golden goal winner.

MALAYSIA CHAMPS

Malaysia emerged as champions of the inaugural Sultan of Johor Cup when they came twice from behind to defeat Australia 3-2 on golden goal at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Bahru. It was a grand victory as Malaysia were one minute away from defeat but two penalty corner strikes by skipper Mohd Noor Faez Ibrahim gave the title to Malaysia.

It was a nervous opening five minutes for both teams as they made elementary mistakes like miss trapping the ball and being out of position was a pass was made. But Australia were holding back as they allowed Malaysia to come at them. And despite some good runs on the right flank by Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof, there were no takes as his crosses went begging. And in the 11th minute Australia struck as the Malaysian defenders backtracked and allowed Dylan Wotherspoon run into the semi circle unchecked and he slotted the ball past Mohd Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri. There was pin drop silence in the stadium.

Malaysia could have been a second goal down in the very next minute as Tyler Cowley forced Faiz into making a great save when he broke free on the left. The defence comprising of Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim, Faiz Helmi and Nurizzat Sumantri were guilty of leaving players unmarked. Australia were awarded a penalty corner in the 15th minute but the attempt was pushed wide. And when Malaysia won a penalty corner in the 18th minute, Faeez could not get the ball past Aussie keeper Johan Durst. In the 20th minute Syamim was presented with a sitter but he was a trifle too slow to connect the cross on the left by Mohd Ramadhan Rosli. And Syamim once again wasted a one on one when he was put through by Fitri Saari as he rushed his shot and failed to lift it over Durst in the 23rd minute. Malaysia dominated proceedings but failed to capitalise on their chances. Malaysia were awarded their second penalty corner in the 26th minute but once again they failed to outwit the Aussie defence. It was only goalkeeping heroics of Hazrul Faiz that kept Malaysia in the game for he pulled off one save after another to deny the Aussia strikers who were making inroads into the semi circle with relative ease.

The second half started with Malaysia mounting an attack that nearly yielded result as Mohd Ramadhan’s deflected was parried away by Durst. Another pass in the middle by Fitri was wasted by Amir Farid in the 39th minute. Then out of nowhere Fitri struck as he took matters into his own hand, weaved his magic around the semi circle and one step in it he unleashed an unstoppable reverse stick shot that left Durst bewildered. Australia forced a penalty corner in the 52nd minute and once again it was Hazrul Faiz that stretched his foot to turn the ball wide around the post. Malaysia then had a spell that they dominated but the forwards in the likes of Amir, Syamim and Rashid could not create a penalty corner that could have given Malaysia the edge. In the 59th minute Australia took the lead as Jack Wallace with his back to the Malaysian goal, deflected the ball that caught Hazrul and Karthik.

Australia thought they had it won but Faeez had other ideas as he converted a penalty corner in the 69th minute, taking the match into extra time. And five minutes into extra time Faeez scored the winner and the stadium erupted with joy.

MALAYSIA MAKE THE FINAL IN STYLE

Malaysia qualified for the final of the inaugural Sultan Johor Cup when they hammered India into submission by winning 5-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru. A final appearance, coming almost a year after their seniors had made it into the final of the Asian Games in China last year augurs well for hockey in the country but credit must be given to the team that were not given a ghost of a chance given the fact that they were without two key players for this tournament. But the 18 players here in Johor Bahru showed they were made of sterner stuff as they defied odds, having lost the opening match 2-1 to Australia and drawing the next 1-1 against New Zealand to qualify with three consecutive wins of Asian teams, South Korea, Pakistan and India today.

Malaysia will take on Australia in the final at 2035H and expect it to be a thrilling affair with Australia having the psychological edge. Nonetheless Malaysia will play with the advantage of the 12th man, being the enthusiastic Johor fans who have encouraged the team every step of the way. It was a capacity crowd at the stadium and while the majority were rooting for the home team, the Indian fans were not to be left out as a size able number were also at the stands urging India on.

The match turned into a free for all in the 9th minute as Talwinder Singh from India and Norhizzat Sumantri squared off against each other. And while Talwinder was shown a red , Norhizzat was sent to the sin bin. India then forced a series of five penalty corners in succession and it was duly rewarded as Harpreet Singh flicked home, as Mohammad Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri in the Malaysian goal failed to make a clean stop. The setback did not deter the Malaysians and with Fitri Saari pulling the strings, they started taking advantage of their numerical advantage and forced penalty corners in the 15th, 16th and 17th minutes. And it was off the third penalty corner that skipper Muhammad Noor Faeez Ibrahim found the mark, with a low drag flick that had Indian custodian Harmanpreet Singh beaten all the way. The crowd the cheered every Malaysian move, encouraging the players and making such a din that hearing the person next to you speak seemingly impossible. And though Malaysia pressed on for a halftime lead, they just failed to find the mark.

In the second half the Malaysian approach was rather casual but hasty in their moves. In their eagerness to attack, the Malaysian players left gaps in defence but luckily the Indians fail to expose the fraility. And Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 45th minute from which they scored the second goal. Instead of a direct hit, Faeez relayed the ball to the far post for Mohd Izad Jamaluddin to steer into goal. Malaysia led 2-1 and the stadium erupted with joy. Malaysia survived three consecutive penalty corners in the 55th to 57th minutes and when they struck back, India felt the sting. A move from the right saw Mohd Ramadhan relaying the ball to Mohd Shamim Yusof whose deft touch saw the ball lifted past a bewildered Harmanpreet. And Malaysia were 3-1 up with a place in the final on the horizon. Faeez put the issue beyond doubt in the 59th minute, scoring Malaysia’s fourth and his second goal of the night via a penalty corner in the 59th minute. By the time Shazril Irwan Nazli scored Malaysia’s fifth in the 61st minute, the party had already started on the terraces and Australia stand in the way of a Malaysian win in the final. And Harpreet Singh was also sent off in the 69th minute, rubbing salt into the Indian wounds.

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