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RABAT REACH SEMIS

Rabat reached the Hockey Challenge Cup semi-finals after beating White Hart 2-1 in the weekend.

Both teams were bent on not conceding an early goal and most of the action in the first quarter of an hour was restricted to midfield activity.

The game suddenly came to life in the 17th minute. During one of the first real in depth attacks White Hart took the lead when after the ball was cleared off the line Mark Zahra pushed the ball into the net.

Rabat reacted strongly and in a ten minute burst of pressure won three penalty corners by the 30th minute to no avail, with Keith Laferla marshalling the White Hart rear guard.

They finished the half on a high note, when two minutes before half time Rabat’s Matthew Buhagiar cleared off the dead ball line with his goalkeeper well beaten denying White Hart the opportunity to double their tally.

The second half produced entertaining fare and in the 39th minute after White Hart’s goalkeeper, Robert Vassallo Agius, blocked a close range shot Rabat were awarded a penalty stroke in the 44th minute and Buhagiar made no mistake from the spot to equalize.

Three minutes later Shawn Falzon affected a timely interception to clear his lines from a White Hart penalty corner effort and on fifty minutes both teams created half chances as gaps were now opening in their defences.

Paul Torpiano then missed a golden opportunity in the 53rd minute, when he muffed his shot after completing an individual dribble into the D.

Two minutes later Liam Azzopardi hit the bar with an exquisite reverse stick hit from the top of the D.

As the clock wound down with penalties beckoning, Rabat won a penalty corner in the 67th minute and Falzon stepped up to volley the ball into the net giving Rabat a 2 – 1 victory allowing them to proceed to the semi final stage of the Challenge Cup.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver and Emile Borg

By Chris Busuttil Leaver


Fixtures

Sunday 9th November

Challenge Cup Semi-finals

09:00 Sliema HS vs Floriana YS

11:00 Rabat vs Qormi

 
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