Sporting clashes between these two sides always provide a spectacle with the outcome uncertain up to the very end. Tight marking early on by both sides left little space as man-to-man marking prevailed and the teams used lofted balls to bypass midfield. On 30 minutes Julian Zahra popped up in a central position inside the D to send Hotsticks into a 1 – 0 lead which they held until the half time whistle sounded.
Nobody envisaged the fare provided from then on. On 40 minutes Borg Costanzi netted to level at 1-1. Play ebbed and flowed from end to end as Young Stars counter attacked with Luke Borg Costanzi excelling with his runs down the flank. On 57 minutes Hotsticks grabbed back the initiative when Alessandro Amore shot home from the centre of the D to send his team into a 2 -1 lead. But on 65 minutes Martijn Post shot Young Stars level at 2 – 2 from a penalty corner action. The final whistle blowing sending the game into extra time .
Extra time provided one highlight when just before the end of the first period Amore hit the far post when he delivered a tremendous reverse hit effort from the left side of the D. The second period was less eventful and the game ended in a 2 -2 draw sending the match into a penalty shoot out with Hotsticks’ five penalty takers finding the net, in contrast to Young Stars’ three, giving them victory and securing them a place against Qormi in the Challenge Cup Final on Sunday 19th November.
Sliema Hs 3 White Hart 1 (Kurt Bonnici 2, Clyde Camilleri)
Sliema Hs 1 Qormi 4 (Christ Agius)