The top four premier teams had to struggle in their respective encounters in the first leg of the playoffs.
The Corradino Sport Pavillion saw a numerous crowd coming to watch both Valletta vs Luxol and Hamrun vs Balzan.
Premiership leaders Luxol had to face Valletta being a very hard team to beat.
Valletta obtained a three goals advantage advantage in the first minutes, from Denis di Maio’s brace and Cedric Sciberras’ goal.
Luxol deducted the score through William Barbosa, three minutes before the emd of the first half.
In the second half, Luxol came back aggressively and managed to level the matters with another goal from William Barbosa and from player coach Florin Anton.
In the middle of the second half, Shawn Vella put again the Citizens on the lead.
But in the end, Florin Anton netted three times more giving Luxol a 6-4 win against Valletta.
In the second encounter, Hamrun Spartans came out with a minimal advantage of 7-6 against Balzan.
Hamrun broke the deadlock in the 15th minute through Rogerio Dos Santos Filho and his co-patriot Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira made them 2-0 in the last minute.
Balzan’s Bulgarian Boicho Marev deducted the score just 2 seconds fron the end of the first half.
The Brazilian effect continued as Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira and Rodrigo Ticz Patrizio scored five more goals together.
Balzan also continued to score with two more goals from Boicho Marev, a brace from the Croatian player coach Frane Despotovic and Glenn Bonello’s goal.
These four teams will need to face each other again next Thursday, with the winners making it for the final.