Hotsticks win league opener
Lightshop Hotsticks went ahead in the 5th minute when Jonathan Borg picked a deflected clearance in the centre of the D and hit an unstoppable shot high into the net.
Hotsticks then continued to exert constant pressure on the Rabat rearguard but did not take advantage of four penalty corner awards.
Rabat then put their counter-attacking game to good use and on 27 minutes missed a golden chance to equalise. Three minutes later Matthew Buhagiar hit home to draw Rabat level.
Hotsticks then did not avail themselves of another two penalty corner awards, the half time whistle sounding with the score deadlocked at 1 – 1.
Hotsticks started the second half in determined fashion and went 2 -1 up on 42 minutes when Steve Portelli hit a beauty into the roof of the net as a result of a penalty corner action, at a time when Ludolf Rasterhoff was orchestrating all the Hotsticks moves from midfield.
On 50 minutes Hotsticks hit the post and continued to dominate the game territorially, stretching the Rabat defences to the limit but Rabat then created and squandered two gilt edged chances to equalise on 65 minutes.
The game ended with a 2 -1 victory for Lightshop Hotsticks in this, the opening encounter of the HAM Challenge Cup Group A.