SLIEMA HOTSTICKS 2 YOUNG STARS 4
Starting Formation: Farrugia Elton Lee, Imbroll Andrei, Bugeja Michael, Vassallo Elton, Plaehn Lukas, Portelli Steve, Grima Shaun, Gauci Leanne, George Ryan, Cachia Steven, Dalli Ryan.
Substitutes who Played: Scicluna Keith, Cole Ludwig, Borg Karl, Cacopardo Dario, Plaehn Silas, Schembri Stefano.
With the Team: Vella Juan.
Umpires: Shawn Mifsud and Keith Vella
Scorer: Lukas Plaehn 2
Disciplinary Measures: Nil
Fielding a very young side, Hotsticks gave a positive and encouraging account of themselves in their first outing of the season. The line-up included four Under-16 and six Under-20 players as the club continues to rejuvinate its squad. The team has changed almost completely over the past three years with the upcoming kids slowly but surely finding their space with the senior team. This comes at a cost, as match experience and a better reading of the game are required, but on the other hand players worked hard, played with personality and maintained an acceptable level of tactical discipline throughout the match. This was made easier thanks to the more experienced players who supported their younger team mates adequately.
Young Stars proved that experience is an important key to success. Their movement, physique and efficiency in front of goal made a difference in the end. On the other side, Hotsticks did create a number of goal scoring opportunities but failed to convert them, including a penalty stroke that hit the upright. The team was always dangerous from penalty-corners and it was no surprise that both goals were scored from clinically finished executions by Lukas Plaehn.
Notwithstanding the final score, Hotsticks kept Young Stars on the edge till the very end who only managed to wrap up the game in the dying minutes of the game from yet another penalty-corner.