Mes­sias penalty enough for Naxxar

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A penalty scored at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod was enough for Naxxar to grab the three points at stake for their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

On their part the de­feat is the third con­sec­u­tive one for the Red­blues who are still in search of the first goals and points of the sea­son. Newly pro­moted Marsa are surely find­ing the go­ing hard in this cat­e­gory and a rather dif­fi­cult sea­son is in the wait­ing.

How­ever yes­ter­day they should have eas­ily grabbed at least a point from this match in which a draw would have been a fairer re­sult.

Af­ter barely five min­utes play Gil­bert Martin, one of the best on the field of play, had a good ef­fort from the edge of the area with the ball go­ing inches wide.

Min­utes later Naxxar lost Lee James Agius, with an am­bu­lance only show­ing up af­ter more than twenty min­utes.

Marsa con­tin­ued to dic­tate mat­ters with Naxxar on the defn­sive and on 24 min­utes Luke Scorfna had a good run past two Naxxar de­fend­ers but his ef­fort went wide.

Naxxar were more de­ter­mined on the re­sump­tion but Marsa again had a very good op­por­tu­nity on 51 min­utes when De Melo’s close range header was bril­liantly saved by Omar Borg.

On 54 min­utes the de­ci­sive penalty in favour of the Lions, when Yes­sous camil­leri floored Mes­sias in­side the penalty area and from the re­sul­tant penalty Mes­sias made no mis­take.

Marsa went close to a de­served equaliser on the hour when Gil­bert Martin’s dip­per was again bril­liantly saved by Omar Borg.

Marsa con­tin­ued to at­tack with Naxxar hold­ing on des­per­ately to their slen­der but pre­cious lead. Deep in stop­page Naxxar should have wrapped up the match when Mes­sias was all alone in front of goal, but missed a glo­ri­ous chance hit­ting wide.

L. Mif­sud; L. Scorfna, Y. Camil­leri, R. Mif­sud, A. Si­cali, L. Omerou, J. Far­ru­gia, B. Essiel, S. Meilak (C. Cu­ta­jar), G. Martin, L. De Melo

O. Borg, A. Buha­giar, N. Spiteri, S. Guevra Munoz (A. Darbo, R. Mer­cieca), R. Cas­sar, L. Agius (M. Fenech), R. Grech, J. El­lul, J. De­bono, A. Lu­bos, Y. Mes­sias Mario Apap

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