A typical cup tie which was played at a frantic pace throughout with Hotsticks on top territorially for most of the game but being unable to breach Rabat’s rear guard. In fact all four goals were scored in the last fifteen minutes of the game. The first half provided few thrills until the 15th minute when Rabat’s Shawn Falzon cleared off the line to keep Rabat’s goal intact. Midfield play dominated proceedings for quite some time afterwards and it was not until the 32nd minute that Hotsticks were awarded only their second penalty corner and once again the ball was cleared over the bar off a defender’s stick. The half time whistle sounded with the score unopened.
The second half provided much of the same fare with Hotsticks’ attacks becoming more incessant while Rabat defended in depth. On 55 minutes Steve Portelli shot home off a penalty corner action to send Hotsticks 1–0 up. Two minutes later Jonathan Borg scored to double his teams’ lead after yet another penalty award. Hotsticks relaxed and on 65 minutes Shawn Grima netted after receiving a pass from Julian Zahra, who had run down the right flank, to increase Hotsticks’ lead to 3–0. A minute from time Zahra pushed home from close range to score Hotsticks’ fourth goal to secure his team a semi final berth.
Umpires: Edward Hughes & Glen Bonello