Ra­bat Depiro se­cure last semi fi­nal berth

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Um­pires: John Wil­liams, An­dre Ghio

Laferla White Hart 0 Ra­bat Depiro 1

This was a do or die en­counter, the win­ner qual­i­fy­ing for the semi fi­nal place along with Light­shop Hot­sticks, Young Stars and Qormi Poiatti.

Both teams started at a gal­lop with White Hart en­joy­ing ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage against a well­mar­shalled Ra­bat de­fence, the lat­ter op­er­at­ing with fast break­aways down the flanks.

By the 12th minute both teams had squan­dered penalty cor­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties, play de­vel­op­ing into a mid field bat­tle with close mark­ing not al­low­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of dan­ger­ous moves in the fi­nal third of the pitch.

On 29 min­utes White Hart were awarded two penalty cor­ners in suc­ces­sion but did not take ad­van­tage and Ra­bat also just missed go­ing ahead on the stroke of half time, the score re­main­ing dead­locked at 0-0.

Tac­ti­cal changes were ev­i­dent dur­ing the course of the sec­ond half, White Hart’s David Agius mov­ing from the heart of the de­fence into a mid field po­si­tion to counter Ra­bat’s di­rect route to goal by long passes straight into the D.

Play be­came rather fran­tic and er­rors in­creased as both teams strove hard to break the op­po­si­tion’s de­fence.

On 56 min­utes Ra­bat went into a 1-0 lead when af­ter only the sec­ond penalty cor­ner award in their favour Shawn Fal­zon hit a bul­let into the net

White Hart who had been on the de­fen­sive us­ing counter at­tacks down the right flank which were prov­ing a dan­ger to the Ra­bat de­fence failed to cap­i­talise on a few crosses which went a begging.

On 33 min­utes they were awarded a penalty cor­ner but their ef­fort crept past the far post, the fi­nal whis­tle blow­ing with Ra­bat se­cur­ing their place in the semi fi­nal.

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