Our team negotiated the first hurdle, a stiff one at that, when they beat San Giljan 14-11 in the second quarter-final of the knock-out competition, thus booking a place in the last four when they will face Sirens.
The boys managed to survive minor scares when they twice found themselves two goals adrift at the beginning and towards the middle of the third quarter. To their credit they managed to steer their vessel into calmer waters courtesy of crucial goals by Steve Camilleri, who struck four times in all, and Tamas Molnar, our master craftsman in the centre, who picked up a hat-trick.
Our opponents’ fighting qualities were evident in the opening sessions when they responded every time we forged ahead. They nosed in front on 6-5 before the long interval and then twice took a two-goal advantage at the beginning of the third quarter. We had been slightly apprehensive of San Ġiljan’s physical qualities. But then the usual Steve Camilleri discovered his scoring traits and fired in his goals at crucial moments in those last sessions. He was followed by Molnar with three goals. On their part, Niki Lanzon, Peter Biros and Clint Mercieca supplemented our goal-tally with two conversions each.
Our better skills and physical resilience were our trump cards in the end.