Knock out final replay

Monday, July 8, 2013, 9:37

Young Stars   3       Qormi   2       Umpires   Robert Aquilina   Luke Busuttil Leaver

After taking a two goal lead by the 28th minute Qormi lost their advantage when Young Stars scored a goal either side of half time.   A goal in the 61st minute sealed the issue for Young Stars ending an intriguing series of games between the two sides which included a league decider play off  and a replayed Knock Out final.

A studious start by both sides changed when Qormi went ahead in the 7th minute after Juan Sarcia netted as a result of a penalty corner action.  Young Stars reacted putting pressure on the Qormi rear guard and forced four penalty corners but found Ramon Chircop, Qormi’s custodian in fine form.   In the 28th minute Keith Calleja put Qormi 2 – 0 ahead scoring a gem of a goal by creating space and hitting home from the edge of the D.  Just when the half time whistle beckoned Young Stars reduced the arrears when a shot into the D took a wicked deflection wrong footing Qormi’s keeper and creeping into the net off his pads.

Three minutes into second half, Edward Hughes twisted and turned away from his direct opponents before hitting home a reverse hit to equalize for Young Stars.  In the 40th minute Andrew Camilleri cleared off the line for Young Stars and a minute later Qormi’s Chircop effected a diving save stretching to clear with his extended stick to keep the score level.   The teams traded blow for blow as defences were now becoming stretched but could not take advantage of penalty corner awards until the 61st minute when Young Stars went ahead when Elton Cutajar  pushed home from close range.    From then onwards  Qormi pushed forward and won three penalty corners, the last one less than a minute from time but their efforts were in vain and the score remained unchanged leaving Young Stars Winners of this tightly fought encounter.





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