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HOTSTICKS MAINTAIN UNBEATEN START

Sliema Hotsticks maintained their unbeaten start in the National Hockey League after a 3-1 win over White Hart Laferla Insurance, while in the other match Young Stars beat Qormi 1-0.

White Hart Laferla Insurance 1-3 Hotsticks

Hotsticks drew first blood when Shawn Grima shot them ahead in the 7thminute meeting a cross from the left flank.

Both teams created a couple of half chances but the rest of the half was dominated by play in midfield, the half time whistle blowing with Hotsticks retaining their one goal lead.

In the 45th minute Tony Azzopardi cleared a Hotsticks effort off the line but three minutes later Daniel Seifert advanced into the D and drove the ball into the net to draw White Hart level.

The tempo of the game increased and in the 54th minute Steve Portelli shot Hotsticks ahead with a delightful shot from the top of the D.

White Hart reacted and four minutes later Paul Torpiano managed to push the ball past the post when in front of a gaping net, after rounding the Hotsticks keeper.

The game swung to and fro but Matt Black scored for Hotsticks in the 64th minute to secure a 3-1 victory.

Umpires: Luke Busuttil Leaver and Edward Hughes

Young Stars 1-0 Qormi

Games between these two teams invariably produce surprises and this was no exception. In the 14th minute Ivan Magro Dingli raced down the left flank and shot Young Stars ahead with a bombshell from the top of the D.

From then on Qormi enjoyed territorial advantage but could not break down Young Stars well organized defence.

Just before half time Andrew Camilleri saved the day for Young Stars, diving to his right and clearing off the dead ball line with his keeper beaten.

The second half turned into a rather tense affair. Qormi pressed forward enjoying territorial advantage but losing their shape as the game wore on and opening up to Young Stars’ counter attacks.

They were awarded six penalty corners but were unable to take advantage of them and even hit the post in the 60th minute.

However Young Stars came close to doubling their lead in the final minutes when Jamie Mifsud managed to ghost past the Qormi defence on two occasions but the whistle sounded with Young Stars winning the game thanks to that early first half strike.

Umpires: Manuel Imbroll and Robert Aquilina

Field Hockey Fixtures

Sunday 8th February

National League - Round 2 - Day 2 of 5

09:00 Poiatti Qormi vs Rabat

11:00 Sliema HS vs Floriana YS
 
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