This match lived up to its billing and provided the best hockey played this season. Pace, passion and total commitment from start to finish was manifested by both formations. Qormi did not take advantage of six penalty corners awarded to them in the first half and could not break down the Hotsticks defences, the latter being content to operate by fast counter attacks down the flanks. In fact half time was reached with no side being able to open the score.
In the first minute of the second half, Alessandro Amore chased a loose ball down the right flank and crossed into a favourable position but Hotsticks were unable to capitalize as Qormi’s goalkeeper smothered their effort on goal. On 38 minutes Ramon Chircop, Qormi’s goalkeeper, brought the house down when he affected a save diving full length to his right preventing a certain goal. Almost immiediately, at the other end, Emile Borg saved Hotsticks from falling behind with a timely intervention. Play flowed from end to end with both teams going for the jugular but the final whistle blew with Hotsticks pressing hard but having to be content with a goalless draw, leaving Qormi with equal points and a game in hand.
Umpires: James Mizzi & Luke Busuttil Leaver