Reds succumb to defeat despite a much improved performance

Laferla White Hart     1 – 3     Qormi  HC

White Hart took an early lead on 7 minutes when Charlot Sammut shot them ahead as a result of a penalty corner action.    Qormi then started to dictate matters but it was not until the 18th minute when they were awarded a penalty corner and Juan Sarcia shot low into the corner of the net to level the score at 1 – 1.   Not taking further advantage of two penalty corner awards around the 20 minute mark, Sarcia scored his second on 24 minutes to send Qormi into a 2 -1 lead.  On 30 minutes Qormi were awarded a penalty stroke but Ramon Chircop dived full length to right to push the ball past the post with his stick, denying Sarcia his hat trick.  The half time  whistle blew with the score unchanged at 2 – 1.

Qormi went further ahead on 40 minutes when Steve Tanti lashed onto a Keith Calleja assist to score and send Qormi into a 3 -1 lead.     They then continued to dictaqte matters with the their customary possession tactics and it was White Hart’s custodian, Chircop, who capped a fine performance affecting further several saves to keep Qormi at bay, the final whistle seeing Qormi victors by 3 – 1 .

Umpires    Luke Busuttil Leaver   Manuel Imbroll

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