Val­letta too strong for Luqa

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Vic­tor Cian­gura

Val­letta had an easy out­ing against Luqa who of­fered a very fee­ble chal­lenge.

The Val­letta for­wards cre­ated many scor­ing chances and had they scored in ev­ery oc­ca­sion, the fi­nal re­sult would have been more dif­fer­ent.

Luqa keeper Wayne Per­ren saved his side from a heav­ier de­feat with good saves and timely sor­ties.

The game was only five min­utes old when Val­letta opened the score as Kieran Mal­lia re­leased Kurt Buha­giar on the edge of the area and he scored with a hard low drive past Luqa keeper Wayne Per­ren.

Buha­giar then passed the ball to Zam­mit in the area and Per­ren de­nied him with a div­ing save to a cor­ner.

In the 23rd minute Zam­mit com­mit­ted the miss-of-the-match as he skied the ball with only Per­ren to beat af­ter a cross by Tabone. In Luqa’s only ac­tion a minute later Olin Ab­dilla served Matthew Schem­bri with a through ball in the area and Val­letta keeper Lyvin Ab­dilla foiled him with a timely sor­tie.

Val­letta dou­bled their lead in the 25th minute when Tabone drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the left flank and net­ted with a lobbed ball as he en­tered the area.

Three min­utes be­fore the break the score be­came 3-0 as Luqa de­fender Jean Pol­i­dano han­dled the ball in the area and Mal­lia made no mis­take from the spot.

All ac­tions af­ter the re­sump­tion were cre­ated by Val­letta. Goalie Per­ren was the pro­tag­o­nist on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, es­pe­cially saing shots by Zam­mit and Buha­giar.

Two more goals were then scored by Val­letta in the 60th and 70th min­utes. Fiteni served Tabone with a cross from the right and he first-timed the ball in the net from the edge of the area and sub­sti­tute Shel­don Mackay re­leased sub­sti­tute Matthew Pulis in the area who scored with a hard low drive.

Luqa: W.Per­ren, O.Ab­dilla, J.Cu­ta­jar, C.Mizzi, A.Rhuma, R.Sam­mut, M.Schem­bri, A.Vella, D.Aban­ifi, E. Chuk­we­uneka, J.Pol­i­dano

Val­letta: L.Ab­dilla, A.Nappa Li­cari, Y.Hag­gar, L.Camil­leri, M.Tabone, J.Fiteni, W.Az­zopardi, K.Buha­giar, K.Mal­lia, J.Az­zopardi, R.Zam­mit

Ref­eree: Neil Car­bonaro

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