Young Stars bounced back with a vengeance after receiving a drubbing from Qormi during their last meeting two weeks ago. No one could envisage the outcome of this thriller when both teams gave no quarter with Young Stars emerging winners by the odd goal in seven and Qormi missing an equalizer at the death literally by the width of a crossbar.
After a studious start by both teams, on 8 minutes Young Stars went ahead when Mark Camilleri netted as a result of a penalty corner action. Qormi reacted immediately and on 12 minutes were awarded a penalty corner but were denied by Young Stars keeper Waylin Abdilla who managed to tip a ball over the bar from a close-range shot.
Midfield play dominated thereafter but on 22 minutes Young Stars went further ahead when Martijn Post netted. The halftime whistle sounding with Young Stars retaining their 2–0 lead.
The second half provided all the fireworks. On 42 minutes Kyle Micallef hit a tremendous drive from the centre of the D high into the net to reduce the arrears. On 45 minutes Young Stars took a 3-1 lead when Post grabbed his second shooting low into the net from a penalty corner action.
The drama was yet to unfold. On 58 minutes Young Stars were awarded a penalty stroke but Edward Hughes hit the post from the penalty spot. Two minutes later Qormi were awarded a penalty stroke and Sarcia hit high into the net reducing Young Stars lead to 3–2. On 65 minutes Thomas Degiovanni equalised for Qormi from a penalty corner action. Nervousness now abounded and infringements became the order of the day but three minutes from time Young Stars were awarded a penalty corner and Post grabbed his hat-trick to send his team into a 4-3 lead which they hung on to until the final whistle.
Starting Line Up: J.Farrugia, K.Bajada, A.Cauchi, G.Dimech, J.Sarcia, J.Cuschieri, Z.DeGiovanni, K.Grixti, T.DeGiovanni, S.Tanti, K.Micallef
Used Subs: S.Mifsud, C.Gatt, J.Williams, K.Calleja, J.Pace
The Yellows emerge winners of the group, scoring nine goals in two matches.
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