Qormi crowned Hockey national league champions

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 18:53

Qormi became champions for the second year in a row last weekend after beating Sliema Hotsticks 3-2 in a lively match at Corradino.
Needing only a point from this match to retain the cham-pionship, Qormi went 2-0 up at half-time with two goals from Jonathan Borg.
After a quiet opening to the second half, Hotsticks pulled a goal back thanks to a Ryan Dalli flick from a through pass into the D.
The goal sparked Sliema to increase their endeavours and after winning three short corners in quick succession, they were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute which Silvano Vassallo converted.

This forced Qormi on the back foot and they were compelled to defend some strong Hotsticks’ attacks which saw goalkeeper Ramon Chircop making two point-blank saves and diving spectacularly to push a shot, destined to reach the top corner of his net, away to safety.
In the 68th minute a mix-up, which involved three Hotsticks defenders, left Jonathan Aquilina with a simple tap-in to secure Qormi’s victory and crown a satisfactory season which has seen the team mature with aspirations for further success in future.

Umpires: Edward Hughes and Reno Cremona.

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