SEA Games: Heartbreak for Singapore men's hockey team in penalty loss to Malaysia

Singapore scoring a goal against Malaysia in the men's hockey final at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Singapore scoring a goal against Malaysia in the men's hockey final at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Malaysian players acknowledging their fans at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Malaysian players acknowledging their fans at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Malaysian team celebrating after their win. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Malaysian team celebrating after their win. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Singapore players disconsolate after losing to Malaysia 4-3 on penalties in the SEA Games men's hockey final at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The Singapore players disconsolate after losing to Malaysia 4-3 on penalties in the SEA Games men's hockey final at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - The Republic suffered a heartbreaking loss to Causeway rivals Malaysia in the SEA Games men's hockey final on Saturday night (June 13).

Spurred on by the sell-out crowd of 3,200 at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium, the hosts fell behind by two goals before mounting a valiant comeback in regulation time to send the match to penalties.

But they were undone after missing their first two penalty strokes, allowing the Malaysians to triumph 4-3.

Singapore captain Enrico Marican took solace in his team's fighting spirit: "I admit it was disappointing not to get gold but the team and I gave our best performance.

"This result shows that our belief can pull us through even though we may be 0-1 down or 0-2 down."

ljeremy@sph.com.sg

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