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    The National League first round came to an end on Sunday with reigning champions Rabat top of the standings with maximum points from four games.

    Second-placed are The Hunters Tower YS, with Qormi Poiatti third, with BDO Hs and Britannia Tours WH bottom of the standings.

    In the first game of the day Britannia Tours WH were once again rather unlucky not to break their duck. They remain the only team yet to score a goal but certainly not from lack of trying.

    The early running came form Britannia Tours with Borg Costanzi and Paul Torpiano each having a couple of good chances with The Hunters Tower goalkeeper Mizzi saving well and on one occasion his captain Micallef cleared off the line.

    As the half progressed The Hunters Tower got more into the game and in the final fifteen minutes of the half they pulled away with the two deciding goals. After 20 minutes Edward Hughes was picked out by Magro and from a tight angle beat Vassallo Agius in the White Hart goal.

    Five minutes later Hughes turned provider as his cross into the dee was deflected past the goalkeeper by Waylin Abdilla. Britannia Tours were slow to recover from this double blow and this time round then early stages of the second half were dominated by Young Stars with Magro, Micallef, Bonello and Dalli all having a go at the White Hart goal.

    Britannia Tours could not reach the level of their first half game even though Torpiano and Falzon were both denied a consolation goal by Mizzi.

    In Sunday’s second game Qormi Poiatti beat BDO Hs by three goals to one to consolidate their third place in the table. BDO’s dismal league campaign continues with the only bright spot coming from the fact that they have finally found their opponents net after over three and a half games of league hockey.

    To be fair the game was more balanced then the score may indicate but finally Poiatti’s attacking power stole the day. The game had a balanced start with Chircop in the Qormi goal blocking off Baldacchino and Scicluna while a couple of Qormi short corners caused few concerns for the BDO defence.

    After twenty minutes however, Poiatti took the lead as this time BDO failed to clear a short corner and Magri’s pass found Steve Tanti, who’s reverse hit beat Mallia. A few minutes BDO’s Vella thought he had found the net but his first time hit at goal hit the upright with Chircop beaten.

    Six minutes into the second half Qormi doubled the score when Ryan Gatt was the first on a rebound after Mallia had saved Borg’s first flick at goal. At this stage BDO were at sixes and sevens and Poiatti treated to overrun them. However when Steve Cachia pushed in a Caruana Smith cross to half the gap, BDO were back in the game and the result was once again up for grabs.

    This time it was Poiatti who were wavering as BDO pressed forward in search of a second goal. Inevitably this left gaps at the back and ten minutes from time Philip Magri scored Poiatti’s number three and assured his side of all three points.

    The second round gets under way on Sunday with leaders Ta’ Soldi Rabat in action against BDO Hs at 11.00am.

    The first round game between these sides ended with a slender 1-0 victory for the Champions. Before this game leading chasers The Hunters Tower YS and Poiatti Qormi will face each other at 9.00am.

    In the first round game Young Stars scored three second half goals to dismiss Qormi’s opposition on the day.

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