Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Australia edge Malaysia 3-2

Malaysia continued their bad start to this year’s edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat to Australia earlier today.

Having suffered a poor 4-2 defeat in their first game last night, the Malaysian lads certainly improved their performance, though they were unlucky to see Australia clinch victory in Ipoh.

Tai Beng Hai’s men remained solid until half time but star player Jamie Dwyer scored on the 43rd minute to beat S. Kumar and put Australia in the lead. Dwyer then added a second goal on the 53rd minute, despite defender Razie Rahim’s best efforts to keep the ball out.

In the fourth quarter, the Malaysia team pulled themselves together as they fought hard to nail their first goal when Firhan Ashaari scored on the 56th minute.

The Australian team did not give in any longer as Dylan Wotherspoon scored on the 58th minute. With one minute left on the clock, Tengku Tajuddin reduced the deficit with an impressive flick to make it 3-2 on the day, though Australia held on the clinch the win.

With tomorrow being a rest day, the Malaysian team will have 24 hours to recover before they face India in their next match on Wednesday.

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