SLIEMA HOTSTICKS 1 (1) RABAT 0 (0)
Starting Formation: Borg Emile, Plaehn Lukas, Borg Karl, Imbroll Andrei, George Ryan, Portelli Steve, Baldacchino Simon, Scicluna Keith, Grima Shaun, Cachia Steven, Dalli Ryan
Substitutes who Played: Vassallo Elton, Plaehn Silas, Rasterhoff Ludolf
With the Team: Galea Matthew
Scorer: Shaun Grima
Umpires: Paul Brincat, David Agius
Disciplinary Measures: Julian Zahra (Yellow Card)
Three minutes into the match Grima scored the all-important goal to win Hotsticks the first two points of the season. Sliema effected some changes from their previous formation against Young Stars. This proved to be effective as they gave Rabat players little space to maneuver. At the other end Zahra and Dalli received well from the right but failed to extend Hotsticks’ lead.
Hotsticks kept their composure in the second half. They controlled well and went close on a couple of occasions. In the fifteenth minute Grima and Portelli combined well, but the latter’s deflection at goal hit the Rabat goalkeeper. In the twenty-fifth minute Rasterhoff went close from a penalty corner. Rabat pushed forward to equalise but on the day Hotsticks managed to hang on.
UNDER-13: SLIEMA HOTSTICKS 2 (1) QORMI 0 (2)
On Saturday Hotsticks debuted in this year’s Under-13 League. It was a very balanced affair but Hotsticks were leading by two goals to nil until two minutes from the end. A great comeback from the Qormi side leveled matters and the end result was a just one. Christ Agius scored both goals for the Sliema side.
9-a-side: SLIEMA HOTSTICKS 2 (0) QORMI 4 (0)
Hotsticks started strong and controlled the first half effectively. They created numerous chances but failed to convert them. They were made to pay dearly for this as in the second half Qormi took a two-goal lead. Sliema pulled one back through Zahra but some defensive blunders enabled Qormi to score another two. The Blues kept on the pressure and the Qormi goalkeeper proved to be the man of the match with a number of heroic saves. In the seventieth minute Grima scored Hotsticks’ second to register a more respectable result.