KUANTAN, May 4 (Bernama) -- Despite failing to advance to the finals of the Champions Challenge 1 Hockey Championship as targeted, the national hockey squad succeeded in ending the challenge in third place after beating Ireland 4-2 at the play-off at the Indera Mahkota Hockey Stadium here, Sunday night.
The national hockey squad's best achievement prior to this was fourth placing at the Quilmes, Argentina edition in 2012 and in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.
Malaysia initiated scoring in the seventh minute from a penalty stroke by Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin before Muhammad Rashid Baharom doubled the score via a field goal in the 11th minute.
Ireland, which is 15th in the world, created its first goal through a penalty corner strike by Paul Gleghorne in the 22nd minute.
In the second half, Ireland levelled the score 2-2 in the 43rd minute from a field goal by experienced player Chris Cargo.....