Lija back to win­ning ways

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Lija A: Qormi: Ref­eree:

Lija A Qormi 2 0

Lija re­turned to win­ning ways beat­ing Qormi with two sec­ond half goals for a de­served vic­tory. The re­sult leaves Qormi des­per­ately at the bot­tom of the ta­ble, pint­less to­gether with Marsa.

Qormi dom­i­nated the first min­utes of the match and were rather un­lucky af­ter barely 45 sec­onds play when from a Far­ru­gia cross, Sidibe’s header smashed against the cross­bar, and with Ojoula miss­ing in­cred­i­bly from the re­bound.

On three min­utes Qormi were again men­ac­ing with Vukovic pass­ing to­wards Ojoula whose ef­fort missed the up­right by a whisker.

Lija started to play bet­ter af­ter this rather dif­fi­cult start, but Qormi still held ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage, even though never test­ing goal­keeper Bon­nici. On the half hour Qormi had an­other at­tempt through Bran­don Grech whose grounder missed the tar­get.

Lija com­pletely dom­i­nated the sec­ond part of the first half and Gar­cia Vi­dal went close with a free header go­ing slightly over the bar af­ter a good run on the right flank by Schem­bri.

On 35 min­utes Ige had the best chance all alone in front of Balzan, but his grounder was blocked by the Qormi cus­to­dian. On 42 min­utes Lija were dan­ger­ous again with Er­jon Beu’s shot go­ing slightly over the bar.

Nine min­utes into the sec­ond half Qormi’s first chance of the sec­ond half with a Guz­man header go­ing over the bar, with the same player test­ing Bon­nici a minute later.

On the hour Qormi went very close to take the lead when Ojoula’s point blank header was bril­liantly saved by Bon­nici and from the re­bound Bon­nici some­how man­aged to block even Che­do­zie’s header which looked like a cer­tain goal.

Qormi paid dearly for this as on the other end on 63 min­utes Beu was floored by Vukovic and from the penalty spot the same Er­jon Beu fired home. Qormi failed to re­act and Lija con­trolled with rel­a­tive ease.

Two min­utes from time Lija sealed the is­sue with a sec­ond goal thanks to an im­pres­sive slalom from Adeshina Ige who fin­ished in style beat­ing Balzan with a grounder.

L. Bon­nici, C. Cas­sar, M. Clinch, A. Galea, P. Borg, D. Scerri, E. Beu (P. Dan­dolo), P. Babic, J. Gar­cia Vi­dal (B. Antig­nolo), A. Ige, L.J. Schem­bri (A. Sam­mut)

D. Balzan, C. Far­ru­gia (Y. Yankam), O. Sidibe, D. Vukovic, M. Camil­leri, B. Grech, A. Abela, L. Chiedozie (D. Medic), D. Mi­callef, T. Guz­man, N. Ojuola

Matthew De Gabriele

Stand­ings

Sen­glea A Mqabba Lija A Sirens Pi­eta H Naxxar L Fgura U Gharghur Vit­to­riosa S Melita Zeb­bug R Ra­bat A Marsa Qormi 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 12 4 7 8 5 2 3 5 6 2 1 2 0 1 4 0 2 5 2 2 4 8 4 5 3 6 5 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 1 1 0 0

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