Saturday, July 04, 2009


Malaysia and Ireland played to a 2-2 draw in their second friendly match at Dublin early this morning (Malaysian time). According to a SMS received from George Koshy, the Manager of the National Team, it was a much better overall performance.

"It was a much better performance and we really should have sealed the game as we missed numerous chances," said George in his text message.

Ireland opened scoring in the 15th minute when Alan Southern scored off a penalty corner rebound after the initial attempt was saved by keeper S. Kumar. However Malaysia were on level terms when Ismail Abu dribbled past five defenders to score in the 33rd minute.

Mohd Amin Rahim ensured Malaysia went into the breather in the lead by scoring a penalty corner in the 35th minute. Ireland were unperturbed and got theor equaliser in the 55th minute with Alan scoring his second after Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin lost the ball in the centre of the field.

Malaysia were awarded four penalty corners while Ireland had five.