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.
Umpires: Paul Brincat & Edward Hughes