Sirens thus take the lead in a best-out-three play-off. The sporting criteria had to be respected despite the relative unimportance of the match and both teams obliged in this respect.
They went about their chores in a tensionless manner in front of a handful of spectators whose number grew as the game drew to a close.
The Saints were off to a better start, taking a 3-1 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Their advantage was maintained in the next session which had the teams sharing six goals. One of these conversions was a stunning backhand from Filip Trajkovic which left the returning Sirens custodian Joseph Sammut motionless.
In a high-scoring third quarter, the Northenders recouped the leeway when they netted five times to their opponents’ three. A feature of this session was Charlie Zammit’s hat-trick, with the goals being scored from seven metres.
Two goals were netted in a low-scoring last session with the score remaining on parity. With Paul Fava out for good in the fourth session and Karl Galea meted out the same treatment in extra-time, Sirens finally turned the tables through Zammit’s fifth goal and Clint Mercieca’s brace which completed his hat-trick.
San Ġiljan 11
(aet – 1-3, 3-3, 5-3, 1-1, 2-1, 2-0)
Sirens: J. Sammut, A. Attard, N. Grixti, P. Borg 1, C. Kiss 2, R. Mock 1, J. Borg 1, D. Cutajar, G. Kristonosic, C. Zammit 5, L. Caruana, D. Zammit 1, C. Mercieca 3.
San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, N. Sutic 3, K. Galea 1, F. Trajkovic 3, K. Dowling, L. Grixti, A. Bianchi 1, M. Borg Spiteri 1, C. Gialanze 1, P. Fava 1, A. Galea, K. Schembri.
Refs: R. Spiteri, I. Sciriha.