Ra­bat block Sen­glea’s tri­umphant march

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Sen­glea: Ra­bat: Ref­eree:

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Bot­tom of the ta­ble side Ra­bat Ajax sprang a sur­prise yes­ter­day hold­ing pro­mo­tion favourites Sen­glea to a 2-2 draw.

Ra­bat, who were still in search of their first goals and points be­fore this match, played ar­guably their best match so far this sea­son to halt Sen­glea’s tri­umphant march.

It was Ra­bat who forged ahead on eight min­utes against the run of play, when fol­low­ing a swift counter at­tack Ryan Mi­callef’s ef­fort from close range was par­tially saved by Far­ru­gia, and from the re­bound Ethan Jay Good­man hit home from the edge of the area.

On 18 min­utes Sen­glea’s Ju­r­gen Far­ru­gia tried an ef­fort which fin­ished just over the cross­bar.

Four min­utes later, a Wayne Borg ef­fort from well out­isde the box was saved well for a cor­ner by Sen­glea’s Far­ru­gia.

On 48 min­utes Niko­lai At­tard could have scored a sec­ond when freed by Good­man but Far­ru­gia made an as­ton­ish­ing point blank save.

On 64 min­utes Ethan Jay Good­man hit a scorcher from more than 30 me­tres, which gave Jef­frey Far­ru­gia no prey.

On 67 min­utes Sen­glea were back in it when Jun­inho Cabral un­marked headed home fol­low­ing a Pablo Doffo cross.

Three min­utes later Keith Tanti un­marked had his ef­fort saved well by Mintoff from a Vella cross.

With 15 min­utes to go sub­sti­tute Dy­lan Xuereb man­aged to hit a grounder to equalise af­ter sev­eral shots at the Ra­bat rear­guard were de­flected away.

Three min­utes from time Chris­tian Cas­sar had his ef­fort inches wide from in­side the area from a cor­ner.

Jef­frey Far­ru­gia; R. Vella, R. Tanti, J. Pace, Ju­r­gen Far­ru­gia (D. Xuereb), K. Tanti (K. Abela), P. Doffo, C. Cas­sar, R. Dalli (H. Vella), J. Cabral, M. De Sousa Dias.

S. Mintoff, N. Caru­ana, J. Caru­ana, S. Gauci, W. Borg (G. Bugeja), B. Mi­callef, N. At­tard, D. Fal­zon, E.J. Good­man (A. Smeir), R. Mi­callef (O. Touray), D. Az­zopardi Eti­enne Man­gion Sen­glea A Mqabba Pi­eta H Vit­to­riosa S Lija A Gharghur Sirens Naxxar L Fgura U Melita Ra­bat A Zeb­bug R Qormi Marsa P W D 3 2 1 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 L 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2

F 12 4 4 3 5 3 4 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 APts 4 7 0 6 0 6 0 4 2 3 7 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 5 3 6 1 1 1 6 0 4 0

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