A FATIGUED Federal Territories were held 1-1 by Selangor in a Malaysia Games Group A hockey match yesterday.
Selangor, playing a compact, defensive game and relying heavily on counter-attacks, fended off numerous FT attacks and managed to keep things goalless, going into the break at Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium.
The second period, however, saw FT make the deserved breakthrough via a penalty corner scored by Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim in the 52nd minute.
FT's failure to convert their earlier chances proved costly as Selangor equalised, also through a penalty corner, courtesy of Amir Zulkarnain Ahmad Robangi eight minutes from time.
FT coach Ahmad Bakri Marfi claimed that a string of tough back-to-back matches had taken its toll on his players.
"I am still happy with the way my boys played today (yesterday) despite us having drawn for the first time (in the tournament)," said Ahmad Bakri.
"They were quite tired from playing every day and the focus could have been a bit off which caused us to finish poorly.
"We have a day to rest before we play Perak on Wednesday (tomorrow) and I feel we will be back at our best by then."
FT beat Kedah 4-3 on Sunday and earlier in the tournament defeated Terengganu 4-2 and Negri Sembilan 8-1.
In yesterday's other matches, Perak beat Kelantan 4-0 in a Group A match, while in Group B, Penang beat Perlis 6-4.