Title aspirants UniKL Young Guns were made to sweat before registering a 2-0 win over KL Sports School-KLHC at the Pantai Hockey Stadium in a MILO junior Hockey League Division One match.
In another Division One match at the Bukit Serindit Hockey Stadium in Malacca, homesters Malacca High School were held to a 1-1 draw by Anderson-Perak SEDC.
UniKL have only themselves to blame as they wasted many chances that could have given them a comfortable win.
"We wasted far too many penalty corners in the match and this is something we need to rectify in training," said UniKL coach Mohd Rodhanizam Mat Radzi.
"While it's always good to start off with a win, it was a rather erratic performance in the first half and things improved after we got the first goal.
"We need to play better as I believe the players were nervous as it was the opening match and they lacked the patience required.
"Still the three points are a relief as openers can be difficult and it could have derailed our season even before it could get underway."
UniKL could have taken the lead in the third minute but the attempted deflection by zizi Azwan Hassan Basri came off the upright.
They also wasted three penalty corners in the first half, with Muhd Zulhaziq Hashim woefully off target, hardly posing any threat to the KLSS defenders.
Infact KLSS could have taken the lead in the 31st minute with Fallah Hassan Shahrom Jamil's deflection came of the bar.
It took UniKL only four minutes upon resumption to take the lead as Zizi Azwan slotted in a rebound after the initial shot from Muhd Fridaus Musa came off the KLSS keeper,
Firdaus then got into the scoring act, neatly tucking in a penalty corner in the 48th minute to make it 2-0 in favour of UniKL.
In Division Two, Olak-PKT went on a scoring spree, trashing Permatang Juniors 10-1 while Bukit Jalil Sports School struggled to edge their Juniors 2-1.
KLSS-KLHC 0 UniKL Young Guns 2
Malacca High School 1 Anderson-Perak SEDC 1
SMK Syed Hassan 8 STAR Ipoh 1
Nur Insafi 5 Bakat MSSK/PHK 1
Permatang Juniors 1 Olak-PKT 10
Akademi Felda Temerloh 2 SMK Padang Midin 3
BJSS Juniors 1 BJSS 2