Hockey League 2016/17: Floriana Young Stars vs Lightshop Hotsticks

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 22:28

Floriana Young Stars    1       Lightshop Hotsticks   1      

Umpires   John Williams    Glen Bonello

Both sides recognized the importance of the fixture and deployed their defences appropriately, not wanting to give any early advantage to their opponents.    In fact the first half was characterized by strict man to man marking with both formations defending in depth and depending on sharp counter attacking moves, with several goal scoring chances spurned by both teams.  On 26 minutes umpires had to calm things down as tough tackling, which seemed to be the order of the day, went overboard.  Penalty corners were not availed of by both teams,  the half time whistle blowing with the score deadlocked at 0 – 0.

The second half had barely started when Mark Camilleri pushed home off a Luke Borg Costanzi assist to send Young Stars into a 1 – 0 lead, after which  the team created a couple of chances which would have allowed them to go further ahead, but to no avail.  Team tactics were altered to suit the situation.   This changed the pattern of the game with Hotsticks now dominating midfield and showing more urgency constantly attacking down their right flank, but opening their rear guard to swift counter attacks down their left flank.  Young Stars defended in depth for the rest of the half and seemed to have repelled all that Hotsticks threw at them but with less than a minute to go Hotsticks were awarded a penalty corner and their penalty king Steve Portelli netted majestically to equalize, the final whistle heralding the end of an encounter in which the spoils were shared.

                                                                                   Played       Points

Floriana Young Stars                                              4                  6

Qormi Poiatti                                                            2                  3

Lightshop Hotsticks                                               2                  3

Rabat Depiro                                                             2                  0

Laferla White Hart                                                  2                  0





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