Hockey: Qormi 1 Young Stars 0 (H/T 0-0) Scorer Juan Sarcia

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 17:30

In the first real attack of the game Young Stars were awarded a penalty corner in the 4th minute to no avail. This stung Qormi into action, and after a period of pressure on the Young Stars’ rear guard, in the 13th minute they won two penalty corners in succession but were denied firstly due to a save by James Mizzi, the Young Stars’ custodian and secondly having a shot deflected high over the bar. Following a period of mid field play Young Stars created two snap chances in quick succession in the 27th minute but could not break the deadlock. In the 32nd minute a melee deep inside the Qormi goal mouth resulted in the ball being scrambled off the line with the goalkeeper beaten. Qormi counter attacked immediately and forced two penalty corners in the last two minutes before half time. This game seemed dependent on the penalty kings Juan Sarcia of Qormi and Mark Camilleri of Young Stars, but up to the end of the first half they have drawn blanks although Qormi had shaded the game territorially.

Things changed early on in the second half and in the 39th minute Juan Sarcia converted a penalty corner, netting low to the Young Stars’ goalkeeper’s right. Qormi became more cautious after going into the lead and the game became more frantic providing hard fought cup tie fare, with tactics being thrown to the wind. Young Stars applied pressure but could not break down Qormi’s rear guard especially in the last third of the pitch. Despite winning three penalty corners by the 64th minute, all not converted, Young Stars forced Qormi back into their own D and fought hard up to the last minute when they were awarded their fourth penalty corner in the second half and saw their effort brilliantly pushed away by Ramon Chircop diving high to his right as the whistle blew leaving Qormi hanging on to their slender 1 – 0 lead and allowing them to retain the Super Cup.





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