An intriguing encounter which saw both teams playing tightly at the back leaving hardly any space for forwards to have a shot at goal. Close man to man marking caused moves to break down and half time was reached with the game deadlocked at 0-0.…
The second half provided end to end stuff with Young Stars forcing a penalty corner on 39 minutes which saw the Hotsticks custodian pushing away a full length. On 43 minutes Mark Camilleri released a cracker to shoot Young Stars ahead as a result of a penalty corner action. From then on Young Stars applied tactics to stifle Hotsticks’ build up moves down the flanks and on 55 minutes Anton Saliba shot low into the corner of the net to send Young Stars into a 2–0 lead as a result of a penalty corner award. From then on Hotsticks battled away at their opponents’ rear guard but Young Stars proved to be dangerous when counter attacking with Luke Borg Costanzi proving to be a headache with his mazy dribbles into the heart of the Hotsticks’ defence. Hotsticks came close to pulling one back just before the end but the final whistle saw Young Stars win this hard fought match by two clear goals.
Sliema Hs 5 Young Stars 3 (Christ Agius 3, Luca Runza 2)
Sliema Hs 1 Qormi 7 (Gary Bonnici)