The best team won

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Flo­ri­ana de­served the ver­dict as they were the bet­ter out­fit by play­ing low and short pass­ing and cre­at­ing more oc­ca­sions than Że­j­tun. They failed to turn their su­pe­ri­or­ity into more goals and they were de­nied on many oc­ca­sions by Że­j­tun keeper Chris­tian Camil­leri who made very good saves.

Af­ter only three min­utes Flo­ri­ana won a cor­ner kick on the left flank and from Miguel Galea’s cross the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Mattia Zarb. Bradley Sciber­ras served Dario Men­tosa on the edge of the area and he missed the bar by inches. Camil­leri then foiled Bran­don Bray with a timely sor­tie af­ter a Zarb through ball and later he partly saved a close-range shot by Zarb af­ter a Kurt Theuma through ball and a de­fender cleared the ball away.

Flo­ri­ana opened the score in the 15th minute. Galea drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the left flank and then square-passed the ball to Zarb who scroed with a hard ris­ing shot from 20 me­tres.

The pres­sure from Flo­ri­ana re­sumed. Zarb served Galea with a short free kick pass and Camil­leri saved his shot to a cor­ner and he also de­nied the same player with a timely sor­tie by div­ing at his feet af­ter a Zarb through ball.

In the only ac­tion by Że­j­tun in the 28th minute Luke Bon­gailas served God­win Gafa’ with a cross in the area and Flo­ri­ana keeper Christo­pher Far­ru­gia saved his header.

Flo­ri­ana dou­bled their lead in the 34th minute as Phyall Ghalled scored from in­side the area af­ter a Zarb cross from the right flank.

Że­j­tun mounted the first ac­tion af­ter restart as Bon­gailas set Gafa’ through in the area and Far­ru­gia foiled as he dived at his feet and smoth­ered the ball, at the other end Camil­leri saved a shot by Sciber­ras af­ter a Zarb square pass. Ze­j­tun came close to nar­row the gap in the 46th minute as Gafa’ en­tered the area from the right flank and the ball missed the far post from his shot.

Miguel Galea should have added an­other for Flo­ri­ana but he mis­cued his shot with only Camil­leri to beat af­ter a Dy­lan Mif­sud cross. Eight min­utes be­fore the end Flo­ri­ana scored a third goal when Sciber­ras re­leased Zarb in the area and he scored with a hard low drive.

Flo­ri­ana: C.Far­ru­gia, M.Zarb, N.Az­zopardi, S.Bar­tolo, M.Galea, P.Ghalled, D.Men­tosa, D.Mif­sud, K.Theuma, B.Bray, B.Sciber­ras,

Że­j­tun: C.Camil­leri, R.At­tard, L.Bon­gailas, S.Bon­nici, G.Carabott, C.Cas­sar, G.Gafa’, J.Galea, D.Mer­cieca, K.Spag­nol, O.Zahra Ref­eree: Carl Galea

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