Hotsticks left standing alone at the bottom of the tableThursday, February 16, 2012, 7:41
SLIEMA HOTSTICKS 1 WHITE HART 2
Starting Formation: Farrugia Elton Lee, Imbroll Andrei, Scicluna Keith, George Ryan, Bugeja Michael, Portelli Steve, Plaehn Silas, Gauci Leanne, Dalli Ryan, Plaehn Lukas, Cachia Steven.
Substitutes who Played: Fiedler Sebastian.
With the Team: Borg Karl, Borg Emile.
Scorer: Lukas Plaehn
Umpires: Raymond Micallef & John Williams
Disciplinary Measures: Steven Cachia (Yellow Card)
Hotsticks kicked off strongly and immediately pushed forward to pin White Hart at the back. After a difficult start fot the reds, play started to be shared and scoring opportunities fell at both ends. For Hotsticks, Cachia had the best chances but failed on a number of occasions to net the ball, particularly in the second half.
As often happened this season, Hotsticks lost an easy ball in one of their attacks and following a fast break White Hart won a short corner. This was well executed so much so that they were awarded a penalty stroke for a foot infrindgement on the goal line by Imbroll. Laferla made no mistake from the spot and opened the score. Hotsticks’ reaction was immediate but their three short corners in the first half failed to create any real threats.
Hotsticks started the second half from where they had left. The team believed the result could be turned in their favour and indeed they managed to level the score from their first short corner. A well taken move saw Portelli and Plaehn exchange passes, the latter finding the net. Against all predictions, from this point onwards the Sliema side failed to perform and White Hart took the initiative. Lack of substitutes and off form from a number of key players complicated matters.
In the dying minutes of the game the match officials failed to whistle two backstick infringements but the Hotsticks rearguard astonishingly stopped and a mishit ball was not cleared on its way to goal. At this point, little time was left for a possible equaliser and for the fourth consecutive match Hotsticks did not manage to bag any points.