Knock out final needs a replay

Monday, June 24, 2013, 11:32

This encounter did not match the exciting fare provided by the same two teams during the league decider when seven goals were scored.    In stifling conditions marking was tight and mid filed play dominated all the early exchanges.     Around the 7th minute Young Stars won a flurry of three penalty corners but did not capitalize.   It was not until the 16th minute that Qormi were awarded their first penalty corner to no avail.   Chances were few and far between and after Qormi were awarded a penalty corner in the 20th minute which bore no result, both teams created a few half chances when inviting crosses were squandered.   The half time whistle blew with neither team able to open the scoring.

 

Qormi started the second half on the attack and exerted most of the pressure on the Young Stars rear guard .    In the 43rd minute, as a result of penalty corner awarded to Qormi, Andrew Camilleri, the experienced Young Stars defender, saved a shot on the dead ball line with the ball looping upwards and over the bar.    Qormi enjoyed territorial advantage from then on but Young Stars created a couple of half chances when Luke Borg Costanzi provided tantalizing crosses, from counter attacks,  which were not exploited by his team mates.  The final whistle blew with no team managing to forge an advantage.

 

The first period of extra time continued in the same vein with neither side managing to break the duck but the excitement was left to the second half.    Qormi won a penalty corner in the first minute of the second period and Juan Sarcia shot them ahead.    Young Stars reacted winning two penalty corners in the space of two minutes, to no avail, but just as it seemed that Qormi carried the day, and with only a minute remaining, Young Stars won yet another penalty corner and Mark Camilleri slotted home to equalize and send this keenly fought knock out final to a replay.





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