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Depleted Hotsticks take win over Rabat

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team

After a studious opening by both teams the first chance of the match fell to The LightShop Hotsticks when on 16 minutes Silas Plaehn hit the Rabat cross bar, after meeting a cross from the right flank. Rabat, well marshalled at the back were dependent on counter attacks which were well orchestrated by their midfielder Kevin Micallef. Hotsticks did not take advantage of two penalty corners towards the end of the first half, the whistle sounding with the score unopened.

The second half provided better fare. After not availing themselves of a penalty corner in the 39th minute, Hotsticks went ahead on 46 minutes when Shaun Grima netted as a result of another penalty corner action. They continued to apply pressure dominating midfield exchanges and were awarded a penalty stroke on 55 minutes – Keith Scicluna hitting the post with his effort. Hotsticks went 2–0 up in the 60th minute when Portelli hit a reverse stick shot from the top of the D, the ball entering the net off the post. The game almost boiled over, due to some tough tackling during the final phase with The LightShop Hotsticks playing out time to seal a 2–0 victory.

Umpires: Raymond Micallef & Andre Ghio

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