22 players attacked at one go!
22 players attacked at one go!” The Pieta Hotspurs and Gzira United players were amongst the first victims of Hurricane Dnegel that battered Malta last weekend.
The match being played on Saturday afternoon was the first FA Trophy quarter-final of the season.
As the game was tied at 1-1 and approaching the end of regulation time, a severe hail-storm made landfall, and the referee was forced to suspend the match on the 88th minute.
The players and all those on the pitch rushed out of the pitch, covering their faces as the hail was hurting them.
It must have felt as if they were slapped in the face by fish falling from the skies. No wait, that happened in Xemxija not in Paola.
In a matter of minutes, the green pitch at the Hibernians Stadium turned into a solid white, and resembled more an ice rink than a football ground. Loony’s eyes sparkled with excitement as he had never seen hail before!
Since the match had to have a winner, both sides won’t be minding the fact that they need to play the remaining two minutes and 30 minutes extra-time and possible penalties.
That is, unless someone scores the winner in those two minutes. One side would definitely be happy of winning a game in two minutes. Not the same will be said for the other team!
One side would definitely be happy of winning a game in two minutes.
Mosta and Birkirkara was also postponed.
Since the pitch was made unfit to host any more matches in the afternoon, the second quarter-final match between Mosta and Birkirkara was also postponed.
Furthermore, the Malta Football Association postponed the two other quarter-finals that were meant to be played on Sunday at the National Stadium due to safety concerns caused by the weather.
Hence new dates will be announced to the matches Tarxien Rainbows vs Balzan and Hibernians vs Valletta, as well as Saturday’s matches.