The national youth hockey squad started on the right foot when they beat Chile 7-1 at the Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium. This victory boosted the morale of the national team for the next match against Argentina.
The Young Tigers seemed excited as they performed for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, who was in attendance to watch the opening match.
In front of around 3,000 spectators in attendance, the national squad won over 10 penalty corners.
The match started slowly with cautious play on display, but the squad led by Muhammad Amin Rahim shined more when they won three penalty corners.
The sought-after goal finally materialized, following a failed third penalty corner, when Mohammad Harris Iskandar Osman unleashed a powerful shot right in front of Chile goalkeeper Julian Villanueva for the Young Tigers to take the lead in the 14th minute.
In the second quarter, only one goal was successfully produced through the goal of Muhammad Danish Aiman Khairil Anuar (23rd minute), before the scoring party started in the third quarter.
Starting with Chile’s goal through Sebastian Wolansky’s penalty corner in the 34th minute, the national team got three additional goals, each through Andywalfian Jeffrynus (m36), Almilmuizzuddin Misron (m39) and Mmohammad Shamir Rizmi Shamsul (m41), turning the score into 5-1.
This time it was Shahmie Irfan Suhaimi’s turn to blast a powerful shot in the 47th minute, changing the score to 6-1 before the national team was awarded a stroke penalty which was finished by Shahmie Irfan Suhaimi, in the 55th minute, making the score 7-1.