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GREAT ENTERTAINMENT AT HOCKEY SEMI-FINALS

All four teams in this year’s semi-finals must have set about to make the Knock Out a priority as the endeavour showed in their play produced two highly entertaining games.

Qormi Vs Rabat Depiro 6-4 (Half time 3-1)

The first semi final of the day started at a cautious pace with both teams aware of the opponents’ potential. However when Kyle Micallef produced a fine piece of stickwork to create space for a shot and a goal in the 5th minute, one would have been ed to believe that Qormi were about to start a romp.

This idea was strengthened when after a contentious decision, Rabat lost their composure and conceded a penalty corner which was ably converted by Qormi’s PC specialist Juan Sarcia.

However, Rabat produced their own moments by holding out strongly in defence and relying on the counter with young Luke Bajada showing his mettle. In fact, after winning a short corner of their own, Rabat managed to convert through Kevin Micallef. With this the game opened up as both sides threw caution to the wind but it was Juan Sarcia who converted their third goal, again from a PC.

After the change of ends, Luke Bajada prodded home after a melee to reduce the arrears. However, John Williams reestablished the 2 goal advantage from another PC.

With 10 minotess to go when all seemed decided, Charlo Antonelli coolly converted a penalty to reduce the arrears once again to a one goal margin. With Qormi strangely losing control, Kevin Micallef came up with the odds to produce something out of nothing and square things up.

However, Qormi had the last say as they had too much fire power for Rabat. They converted another PC through Zak DeGiovanni and finished the game off with 2 mins to go through an individual goal by Steve Portelli. Final score 6-4 and a highly entertaining match.
Umpires Nathan Galea, Edward Hughes

Floriana Young Stars Vs White Hart 4-0 (Half time -2-0)

The second semi-final produced its fair share of goals albeit the match had a different approach. Floriana started like a house on fire and in the second minute had the ball in the net.

It was a penalty corner move and Nanko Cornellissen flicked powerfully down the middle to beat the White Hart keeper.

However, reacted strongly producing perhaps their best patch of the season and pinning Young Stars in their circle. However, they could not find the space to seriously trouble Abdilla in the Young Stars goal.

In an innocuous looking counter attack however, Anton Saliba passed across the White Hart goal with a defender inexplicably deflecting the ball in his own goal.

White Hart summoned their strengths in the 2nd half to try and find something and produce a result. Again though, their defence was left wanting when they gave away a penalty and Cornelissen increased Young Stars lead.

At this point White Hart tried to get a consolation goal but conceded another goal from a PC routine finished off by Luke Borg Costanzi

Floriana Young Stars now play Qormi in the Knock Out final on Saturday 12th May 2018 at 5.30pm.
Umpires: Andre Ghio, John Williams

By: David Agius
 
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