KUALA LUMPUR: Forward Arif Sabron single-handedly took Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS)-Thunderbolt to their sixth overall title in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League. Arif Sabron, who bagged the top scorer award with 20 goals, scored all four goals in the 4-3 win over Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
BJSS coach K. Rajan had promised to stop the juggernaut SSTMI in their track. “I’m very proud of my players as they showed great fighting spirit. I don’t think anybody would have given us a chance when we were two goals down at one stage. This is a tremendous result for the school,” he said.
The first half was evenly matched as both teams had a couple of early chances. But just as the first half was about to end SSTMI struck. Mohamed Akhimullah Annuar Essok broke through and scored from a field attempt in the 34th minute.
Forward Mohamed Hafizhudin Zaidi’s absence was a telling factor for BJSS as they missed a potent finisher upfront. The game came alive in the second half as both sides went all out to get the goals. In the 43rd minute, Mohamed Luqman Hakim increased the lead for the defending champions. But BJSS reduced the deficit a minute later through Arif.
But SSTMI came charging back two minutes later and scored their third goal through Mohamed Ariff Syafie. BJSS refused to throw in the towel. Arif Sabron was again in the thick of the action when he scored from a penalty corner set-piece move to give his team a lifeline in the 53rd minute.
Arif Sabron then turned the match on its head when he scored the equaliser in the 62nd minutes. Seven minutes later, Arif Sabron capped a memorable outing with the winner.