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Leading duo share spoils in tight match

Rabat 1
Qormi 1

This clash between the two leading teams was played at cup-tie pace with both sides cutting down each other’s space for manoeuvre.

This resulted in a hard-fought first half with only one penalty corner awarded to Rabat midway through and the teams creating one scoring chance each, towards the end of the half.

Rabat drew first blood in the 41st minute when Kevin Micallef netted. After that, the game swung from end to end.

A Rabat penalty corner in the 49th minute was saved by the Qormi custodian but in the 59th minute Qormi drew level through a Juan Sarcia effort.

Drama followed when, three minutes later, Qormi were awarded a penalty stroke which Jonathan Borg failed to convert.

Both teams strove further to break the deadlock but the score remained unchanged at the final whistle.

Umpires: Edward Hughes, Anthony Tabone.

Sliema Hotsticks 1
Young Stars 3

A studious start to this National League game produced very little goalmouth action until the 18th minute when Sliema Hotsticks were awarded a penalty corner which brought a superb save from the alert Young Stars goalkeeper.

On 24 minutes, Young Stars were awarded a penalty corner of their own immediately followed by another and Mark Camilleri scored to put them ahead – a lead they maintained until the half-time break.

Straight from the start of the second half, Joseph Dalli scored for Young Stars to fire them 2-0 ahead and then they piled up the pressure, winning six penalty corners and scoring the third goal when Edward Hughes netted in the 54th minute.

The Hotsticks reacted and in the 62nd minute Ryan Dalli reduced the arrears.

They continued to exert pressure on the Young Stars rearguard and won three penalty corners besides creating a clear chance in the last five minutes of the game but were unable to narrow the deficit further.

Umpires: Anthony Tabone, Paul Brincat.

Standings
Qormi 13 points; Rabat 10; Young Stars 9; White Hart 4; Sliema Hotsticks 2.

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