Young Stars started the game at a gallop and forced three penalty corners in the first five minutes, only being denied the lead by some brilliant goalkeeping courtesy of Ramon Chircop, the White Hart custodian.
The game was played at a cracking pace with end to end stuff the order of the day and on 20 minutes Luke Brincat shot low into the net to send White Hart into a 1 – 0 lead which they held until half time.
The second half provided a different script altogether. Young Stars were awarded a penalty stroke 38 minutes but Edward Hughes saw his shot from the spot well saved by Chircop. A minute later they were awarded another penalty stroke and this time Mark Camilleri made no mistake to score Young Stars’ equalizer. Young Stars then proceeded to dominate the latter stages of the game using the left flank to inflict damage on the White Hart rear guard. On 44 minutes Camilleri provided a pinpoint cross for Luke Borg Costanzi to affect a simple tap in from close range sending Young stars into a 2 -1 lead. On 54 minutes Borg Costanzi grabbed his second goal netting a rebound of his own shot to send his team 3 – 1 up. On 61 minutes Ryan Seychell hit home from the right side of the D and a minute later he scored his second and Young Stars’ fifth hooking high into the net from close range. White Hart continued to plug away and a minute from time Charlo Sammut netted to reduce the arrears leaving Young Stars 5 – 2 winners.
Umpires: Andre Ghio and John Williams
Starting Line-up: Ramon Chircop, Jamie Sciberras, Daniel Micallef, Rebecca Mifsud, Paul Torpiano, Luke Brincat, Andrew Beane, Michael Bugeja, Charlo Sammut, Glen Bonello and Andrew Monaghan.
Substitutes: Robert Vassallo Agius, Abbas Husain, Shawn Mifsud and Carl Tua.
White Hart started this encounter playing open hockey forcing two penalty corners in the opening minutes with David Agius going close with a shot which shaved the far post. Young Stars hit back with a penalty corner of their own on 14 minutes when Martijn Post hit an unstoppable shot low into the far corner of the net to send his team into a 1 – 0 lead. On 18 minutes Jamie Mifsud fluffed an opportunity to increase his team’s lead, this preceding a period of the game which flowed from end to end. Young Stars did not avail themselves of four penalty corner awards in succession on 30 minutes, mainly due to excellent goalkeeping of Ramon Chircop, White Hart’s custodian who definitely kept them at bay with one particular full length diving save which kept his goal intact. The half time whistle blew with Young Stars maintaining their 1 – 0 lead.
The second half continued in the same vein. Young Stars and White Hart both exchanged penalty corner awards with the latter exerting additional pressure in the middle of the half in search of an equaliser. On 56 minutes Young Stars extended their lead to 2 – 0 when Mark Camilleri picked his spot shooting low into the left corner of the net as a result of a penalty corner action. He came close to increasing his tally on 53 minutes but the final whistle sounded with Young Stars holding on to their two goal advantage securing third place in the Challenge Cup competition.
Umpires: Paul Brincat and Manuel Imbroll
Starting Line-up: Ramon Chircop, Jamie Sciberras, Rebecca Mifsud, David Agius, Paul Torpiano, Luke Brincat, Michael Bugeja, Charlo Sammut, Glen Bonello, Andrew Monaghan and Shawn Mifsud.
Substitutes: Robert Vassallo Agius, Peter Flynn, Carl Tua.
Qormi dominated this encounter territorially but White Hart gave them a run for their money and were only beaten by two late strikes at the end of the game. Nevertheless Qormi squandered nineteen penalty corner awards and were denied by top class goalkeeping of the White Hart custodian Ramon Chircop. In fact White Hart’s defence was well marshaled by David Agius and on 20 minutes they even created a scoring opportunity of their own. On 32 minutes Keith Calleja shot a bullet from the right side of the D which was initially parried by Chircop but squeezed in over the line to put Qormi 1 – 0 ahead, a lead they held until half time.
Qormi continued to exert pressure down the right flank with the Degiovanni brothers prominent. Tired legs and frayed nerves came to the fore and as the clock ran down gaps started to open on both sides. White Hart threw caution to the wind to try to grab an equaliser and this proved their downfall in the end as on 61 minutes Kurt Grixti grabbed Qormi’s second with his shot from the centre of the D and two minutes before the final whistle Kyle Micallef netted Qormi’s third to seal their place in the final .
Umpires: James Mizzi and Nathan Galea
Starting Line-up: Ramon Chircop, Jamie Sciberras, Daniel Micallef, David Agius, Andrew Beane, Luke Brincat, Michael Bugeja, Charlo Sammut, Glen Bonello, Andrew Monaghan and Shawn Mifsud.
Substitutes: Robert Vassallo Agius, Peter Flynn, Carl Tua, Rebecca Mifsud.