New Delhi, 10 March 2015: In the first match of day three of the Hero FIH Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), eves from Malaysia thumped Singapore 5-0 to register their third consecutive win and claimed the top position in the Pool Phase while Singapore ended their pool phase without a win.
Commencing the game on an attacking note, both Malaysia and Singapore women teams showcased some commendable stick work as they regularly made efforts to find gaps and create prospects to score the opening goal of the game. Despite the constant endeavors, the first quarter ended goal-less.
Malaysia was awarded a couple of penalty corners in the early minutes of second quarter. Fazilla Silin Sylvester took both the strikes but failed to convert any into a goal for her team. Undeterred, women from Malaysia continued their attacking game as they took regular shots at the goalpost. In the 24thminute, Fazilla scored a stupendous field goal giving her team a 1-0 lead. It was closely followed by another field goal from the stick of Rabiatul Mohamed in the 26th minute as she gently pushed the ball directing it towards the goalpost. The ball swayed past the goalie to hit the back of the net and doubled the lead for Malaysia. The half time score stood at 2-0 with Malaysia in the forefront.
The third quarter began with a penalty corner being awarded to Malaysia. Fazilla once again took the strike and without leaving any room for mistakes, efficiently converted it into the third goal for her side.
Towards the closing minutes of the quarter, Norbaini Hashim passed the ball towards Nurul Mansur as the latter successfully put it in the nets further elevating the score to 4-0. It was soon shored-up by another field goal from Fazilla. By the end of the third quarter, the scoreboard showed a score of 5-0.
Malaysia continued their pressure on Singapore in the fourth quarter. Five minutes left for the match to end, Malaysia had another opportunity to score through a penalty corner but was cleared by the defence of Singapore. With no further goals scored in the last quarter, match ended with Malaysia beating Singapore 5-0.
Commenting on the game Ahmad Marfi, Coach, Singapore said, “This defeat will help us increase our confidence level for the next game as we take away lot of learnings from here. We played well and our moves were organized. Even though the competition was tough but still we fought well.”
Fatin Sukri Mahd, Coach,Malaysia said, “In all probability we will be playing Ghana in the quarter final and the girls are aware that all the teams are very tough. Ghana girls will be giving their best and we will also have to focus to get another win to reach the next level. Even though we scored 5 goals, I think we still missed chances and we need to get more disciplined in order to convert penalty corners. We will prepare better for the upcoming clash.”