Hockey: Laferla White Hart vs Rabat Depiro (Round 1 2016/17)Thursday, January 19, 2017, 18:34
Laferla White Hart 2 Rabat Depiro 3
Umpires Reno Cremona Edward Hughes
The first half, played under inclement weather conditions, turned out to be a very tight affair with both teams not taking advantage of two penalty corner awards each by the 26thminute. The game was played at a high tempo, however the score was deadlocked at 0 -0 with White Hart missing a goal-scoring chance just before the break, which together with other efforts from Rabat Depiro kept the respective goalkeepers busy, each showing their prowess in keeping their goal intact.
Nobody expected the fireworks which were provided in the second half. Barely a couple of minutes had elapsed when Jonathan Pace shot White Hart ahead pushing home from close range. On 39 minutes White Hart were awarded a penalty stroke and Luke Brincat calmly obliged, pushing the ball home from the Penalty spot. After having absorbed the shock of suddenly going two down, Rabat reacted strongly but did not avail themselves of three penalty corner awards between the 42nd and 48th minutes. A minute later they were awarded a penalty stroke and Charlot Antonelli flicked home from the dreaded spot to reduce the arrears to 2 – 1. White Hart continued to defend stoutly depending on sharp counter attacks but by now Rabat’s tails were up and they started to dominate mid field exchanges. On 62 minutes Shawn Dimech found the net to equalize for Rabat. Two minutes later Dimech notched his second sending his team into a 3 -2 lead. White Hart then threw all caution to the wind creating a couple of goal-scoring chances right up to the end but the final whistle saw Rabat emerging 3 -2 winners of this intriguing encounter.
Floriana Young Stars 4 6
Qormi Poiatti 2 3
Lightshop Hotsticks 2 3
Rabat Depiro 3 2
Laferla White Hart 3 0