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Hotsticks’ Title Hopes Fade Away

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team

A match which lived up to its billing. On seven minutes Luke Borg Costanzi shot Young Stars into the lead finding the net from the top of the D. Continuing to exert pressure down their opponent’s left flank, Young Stars created several chances through teasing crosses across goal. On 20 minutes Chris Attard of Young Stars hit the bottom of the post from a penalty corner action and on 27 minutes Mark Camilleri shot them into a 2–0 lead following another penalty corner award – a lead which they held until the half time whistle sounded.

The majority of thrills were reserved for the second part of the match and on 47 minutes Lukas Plaehn pushed home to reduce the deficit to 2-1 and bring Hotsticks back into the game, however in the 52nd minute Camilleri grabbed his second goal from yet another penalty corner action to send Young Stars 3-1 up. Hardly had two minutes elapsed when Jonathan Micallef picked his spot shooting low into the net to send Young Stars into a 4–1 lead. Hotsticks reduced the arrears to 4–2 when on 61 minutes Shaun Grima pushed home from the centre of the D. Hotsticks then continued to apply pressure even hitting the base of the post on 65 minutes but Young Stars ran out winners at the end of this entertaining encounter.

 

Umpires: Paul Brincat & Glen Bonello

 

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