Last gasp goal saves Fgura

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Sirens were a cou­ple of min­utes away from reg­is­ter­ing their third vic­tory on the trot when they were de­servedly in front against Fgura yes­ter­day. But a last gasp goal by Fgura’s sub­sti­tute Warren Chir­cop saved Fgura, and foiled newly pro­moted Sirens who would have gaind sole lead­er­ship yes­ter­day evening.

Sirens were the bet­ter team, even though Fgura had a bet­ter start. But Sirens took an early lead al­most against the run of play and al­most never looked back un­til Fgura’s last ditch ef­fort.

Sirens played bet­ter af­ter tak­ing the lead, and could have added fur­ther goals in the first half.

In the sec­ond half the match was less in­tense in the first part with Sirens eas­ily con­trol­ling Fgura’s ster­ile at­tacks.

In the last twenty min­utes of the game Fgura pushed every­thing for­ward in search of the equaliser, leav­ing gap­ing holes at the back, with Sirens miss­ing a cou­ple of sitters, only to re­gret it in the end.

Fgura took con­trol of the match in the open­ing min­utes with Sirens on the de­fen­sive. Fgura went close with a Mar­riaga free­kick that was well saved by Cini.

On nine min­utes in their first real break Sirens forged ahead when from a Miguel Ciantar cor­ner, Charles Newuche headed home.

Sirens were now in the driv­ing seat and cre­ated some good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but Charles Newuche and Ciantar failed to score.

Six min­utes from time sub­sti­tute Vaduva al­most sealed it for Sirens when he drib­bled his way in­side the box but his lob over the on­rush­ing goal­keeper went slightly over the bar.

Min­utes later Ekani Ro­drigues missed an­other good op­por­tu­nity for Sirens with his shot miss­ing the up­right by a whisker. Sirens paid dearly for these misses as on 91 min­utes Fgura drew level.

A melee en­sued in front of goal and sub­sti­tute Warren Chir­cop man­aged to squeeze the ball home to the Sirens’ de­spair. But there was more to come for the newly pro­moted side as a minute later, one of their best player Miguel Ciantar re­ceived the match­ing or­ders for dis­sent.

Sirens: S. Cini, D. Sant, T. Far­ru­gia, M. Bar­tolo, L, Gabrieli, J. Ekani Ro­driguez, I. Curmi (C. Vella), M. Ciantar, C. Newuche (R. Vaduva), C. Caru­ana (O. Anonam), I. Zam­mit.

Fgura: M. Camil­leri, G. Chir­cop, J. Dalli (D. Agius), D. Aquilina, E. Uzeh (M. Sota), C. Fenech, M. Caru­ana, R. Spi­teri, J. Chet­cuti (W. Chir­cop), R. De Fex Mar­riaga, V. Dos Son­tas

Ref­eree: Jude Amin Utulu

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