Hockey: National Malta League (12.2.17)

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 21:41

Gavin Muscat

Qormi Poiatti  3     Rabat Depiro   1      

Umpires    David Agius    Shawn Mifsud

Rabat won a penalty corner on 16 minutes and their penalty king, Shawn Falzon who gave a commanding performance throughout, stroked the ball home  sending  his side into a 1 – 0 lead.  Qormi then did not take advantage of two penalty corners around the 20 minute mark, but they increased their pressure in an effort to break down Rabat’s well-marshalled defence.   On 32 minutes Qormi drew level when Juan Sarcia drove home as a result of a penalty corner action.  The half time whistle blowing with Qormi still on the attack but the score unchanged at 1 – 1.

Qormi did most of the attacking in the second half, operating down their flanks, but they exposed themselves to Rabat’s counter attacking tactics, in fact Rabat missed a couple of goal scoring chances in one on one situations with the Qormi custodian.    When it seemed that Rabat’s defensive wall would hold out till the end, on 66 minutes Zachary Degiovanni hit a through ball into the D from midfield and Kurt Grixti flicked the ball home into the bottom right hand corner of the net past Rabat’s goalkeeper, Christopher Bugeja’s desperate dive to put Qormi 2 – 1up.   Two minutes later Kyle Micallef entered the D on the left flank and hit a tremendous reverse hit drive into the net to send Qormi into a 3 – 1 lead.    The final whistle blew to confirm victory against a resilient Rabat side whose stiff resistance was only broken in the last few minutes of the match.

                                                                      Played        Points

Floriana Young Stars                                6                  8

Qormi Poiatti                                              6                  8

Lightshop Hotsticks                                  5                  8

Rabat Depiro                                              6                  4

Laferla White Hart                                   5                   0





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