Qormi beat Sliema Hotsticks and remain on top

Monday, April 15, 2013, 11:34
Qormi Vs Sliema Hotsticks HC 2 – 0
Scorers:
Steve Tanti 2 (12th, 58th)

Umpires   David Agius, James Mizzi

 

As opposed to last week’s fixture, today’s game was played in blistering sunshine and there is no doubt that the heat must have effected all the players on the pitch.  In fact, the teams hardly put any pressure on the other. It was down to a couple of individual efforts which made the difference in this match especially.  10 mins into the game, neither keeper had yet touched the ball. However, on the 12th minute, Qormi’s Steve Tanti got hold of the ball just from just outside the 25, and after neatly avoiding a tackle from 2 Hotsticks defenders, hit the ball from the edge of the D leaving Borg in goal helpless. Qormi seemed to be happy with this situation, so much so that although Hotsticks tried to provide a reaction and even had more of the ball than Qormi did, they hardly created any danger on the Qormi goal.

 

Going in at half time with a 1-0 lead, Qormi continued to share the exchanges mainly in midfield after the exchange of ends. Qormi had a couple of shortcorners but their strikers were not in form today. Even with a man up, when Hotsticks’ Keith Scicluna was yellow carded, their usually lethal strike force failed to capitalise. It was when an aerial ball created an anomaly in the Hotsticks defence in the 58th that Qormi pounced; Keith Calleja nabbing the ball and passed with a reverse hit to the unmarked Steve Tanti who had no problem slotting his and Qormi’s second.

 

With that the game had no further story as Qormi strengthened their defence to keep the doors closed and edge closer to their 3 consecutive title.

 

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Rabat Vs Floriana Young Stars 1 – 2

Scorers:

Rabat – Jonathan Micallef

Young Stars – Mark Camilleri, Clive Williams

 

Umpires: Manuel Imbroll , Luke Busuttil Leaver

 

 

Rabat were playing without the suspended Brian Tanti, but even after 10mins had passed and both teams had sort of tested the opposing goal keepers, there was no real conviction in either teams’ play. Young Stars needed the points more than Rabat to try and keep in touch with Qormi who were 5 points ahead of them in the table as they had already won their match earlier in the day. And in fact, they started coming into the match when they won their first short corner after 20mins. However, they fluffed their lines, twice, as Rabat’s attempt at clearing the ball gave Young Stars midfielder, Edward Hughes a 2nd bite at the cherry, only to see his ball going wide.

 

Both midfields got involved in a lot of exchanges so much so that tempers started to fray, resulting in a couple of green cards, but the match was quickly brought under control. Rabat started to put some pressure on Young Stars and had a short corner on the 25th minute. The resultant goal was correctly disallowed as it was hit too high but in the counter attack Young Stars came agonisingly close again through Hughes.

 

The game took a quick twist when in the 30th minute, Rabat’s James Azzopardi dribbled through the midfield to pass through to Jonathan Micallef who was unmarked. He still had a lot of work to do however but he expertly rounded up the keeper and slot in beautifully and give Rabat the lead. Barely a minute had passed, when Floriana were awarded a shortcorner. Mark Camilleri was at hand who with a great flick beat Rabat’s Ian Azzopardi to level the game. Half time 1-1

 

In the second half, the game continued with a lot of exchanges happening in the midfield but no team mounted any real pressure. Young Stars had a couple of short corners but this time, they were ineffective with Azzopardi saving well from Marvin Vella and Christian Bonello.

 

A mix up during substitution led to a Young Stars player being given a yellow card but Rabat did not capitalise from the extra player advantage. Not only so but in a counter attack, Young Stars were awarded a penalty corner which gave them the lead. A great stop from the D was dinked to the left where Clive Williams was at hand to slot in from a narrow angle. Rabat reacted winning a short corner of their own but Charlot Antonelli shot over the bar.

 

Young Stars defended nervously the last few minutes but held on to keep in touch with Qormi should they slip up in their run up to the title

 

 

 

Played        Points

 

Qormi                                              9                  15

 

Young Stars                                   9                  12

 

Hotsticks                                        9                    7

 

Rabat                                               9                    5

 

White  Hart                                    8                    5

 

 





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