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After a studious early period Rabat failed to clear their lines outside the D and in the 12th minute Silas Plaehn picked up the pieces and shot Hotsticks into a 1 – 0 lead. Midfield exchanges dominated the rest of the half with very few openings created. Both teams did not take advantage of penalty corners awarded to them four minutes before half time but just before the whistle blew Rabat were awarded a penalty stroke and Charlot Antonelli obliged from the spot to equalize.

Hotsticks applied more pressure after the change of ends and went ahead in the 47th minute when Julian Zahra netted as a result of a penalty corner action. The importance of key matches at the end of the season created a tense atmosphere with no quarter asked or given but in the 63rd minute Hotsticks grabbed their third goal when Shawn Grima netted – a lead they held until the final whistle.

 

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First, second and third goal

Umpires: Paul Brincat & Edward Hughes

Young Stars went ahead as early as the third minute when Mark Camilleri shot low into the net from a penalty corner action. This triggered off a strong reaction from Hotsticks but despite winning five penalty corners as well as having Silas Plaehn and Steve Portelli coming close to adding to their tally half time was reached with Young Stars holding on to their lead.

Early in the second half, Hotsticks continued to apply pressure with Young Stars depending on counter attacks and they managed to break their duck when in the 46th minute Julian Zahra equalised after a prolonged action in the D. The game swung to and fro and in the 54th minute Camilleri notched his second to send Young Stars in to a 2 -1 lead. Hotsticks fought back and after an Andrei Imbroll effort shaved the post in the 59th minute Lukas Plaehn netted to equalise in the 65th minute. After hitting the post a minute later Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke and Plaehn obliged from the spot to clinch victory in the closing stages of the game.

 

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver & Paul Brincat

 

Keeping up the Pressure

March 11th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

imagesHPDV6L4GAfter a period of early Sliema Hotsticks’ pressure, during which they fluffed a couple of goal-scoring chances, White Hart crept back into the game but did not take advantage of four short corners awarded to them.

Then, on 32 minutes, Hotsticks took the lead when Julian Zahra pushed home, finishing off a move down the right flank – a lead which they held up to half-time.

Six minutes into the second half Steve Portelli shot Hotsticks 2-0 ahead and Portelli grabbed his second when his shot took a deflection and flew into the net.

The Hotsticks were awarded a penalty stroke and Luca Sciusco scored their fourth from the spot.

Umpires: Paul Brincat & Robert Aquilina.

A Golden Opportunity Lost

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

This top table clash lived up to its billing. After Qormi missed a half chance in the second minute Hotsticks drew first blood when they won a penalty corner in the 8th minute and Ludolf Rasterhoff pounced on to a loose ball after a melee inside the D and netted off the Qormi goalkeeper’s pads. At this point Hotsticks dominated proceedings but could not take advantage of two penalty corners awarded to them on 17 minutes. In the 23rd minute Qormi won a penalty corner and Juan Sarcia drove home to level the contest which remained deadlocked at 1-1 at half time.

Three minutes into the second half Sarcia grabbed his second from a penalty corner action to send Qormi into a 2 -1 lead. Defences now opened up and in the 52nd minute Jonathan Borg sent his team into a 3-1 lead finding space to net a reverse hit shot from the top of the D. Hotsticks reacted strongly winning three penalty corners in as many minutes around the 65th minute mark and they managed to reduce the arrears when Julian Zahra scored with seconds remaining before the final whistle sounded leaving Qormi victorious in this thrilling encounter.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver & Edward Hughes

 

Team Spirit Puts Hotsticks In Top Spot

February 16th, 2015 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

After the studious initial ten minutes, in the first real attacking probe, Rabat did not benefit from two penalty corners awarded to them. The game then increased in momentum and in the 19th minute Julian Zahra netted after a prolonged action in the D to put Hotsticks 1 – 0 up. Five minutes later Hotsticks went further ahead when Steve Portelli shot home majestically, as a result of a penalty corner action. They applied further pressure but half time was reached with Hotsticks holding on to their two goal advantage.

Three minutes into the second half Luca Sciusco scored from a penalty corner to send Hotsticks into a 3 – 0 lead and in the next ten minutes they won four more penalty corners but could not increase their advantage. Although Rabat created a couple of chances on the counter attack Hotsticks dominated the latter part of the game holding on to their 3 -0 lead and are now heading the league table.

Umpires: Raymond Micallef & Paul Brincat