Fag­beja brace saves Gharghur

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

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A Muda Fag­beja brace, one from the penalty spot saved newly pro­moted Gharghur against Lija yes­ter­day in a keenly con­tested en­counter. Lija were the bet­ter team, and should have grabbed the points at stake, but they failed to kill off the match and Gharghur struck fif­teen min­utes from time to snatch a point.

Af­ter barely three min­utes play Lija took the lead when Jorge Gar­cia Vi­dal made his way in­i­side the box and crossed to­wards Er­jon Beu who scored with a low drive. Gharghur im­me­di­ately pushed for­ward, but Lija al­most dou­bled the score on 13 min­utes when Sam­mut passed to­wards the com­pletely un­marked Gar­cia Vi­dal in front of goal, but the Lija player failed to con­nect.

On 18 min­utes Gharghur drew level when Muda Fag­beja was floored in­side the box by Carl Cas­sar and from the re­sul­tant penalty the same Fag­beja made no mis­take, with Bon­nici al­most block­ing his shot.

Nine min­utes later Lija were back in front when Gar­cia Vi­dal headed home from close range a good Er­jon Beu cross from the left. On 37 min­utes Gharghur went close to an im­me­di­ate equaliser with his ef­fort well saved by Bon­nici.

Lija dom­i­nated the last part of the first half with Carl Cas­sar’s shot slightly miss­ing the base of the up­right fol­low­ing a good pass by Ige. Just be­fore the break a Gar­cia Vi­dal shot hit the side net­ting.

Four min­utes into the sec­ond half Adeshina Ige missed a sit­ter in front of goal with his point blank shot saved by Val­letta. Lija con­tin­ued to dic­tate mat­ters but failed to score a third goal to kill off the match.

With fif­teen min­utes to go Gharghur were back on level terms when sub­sti­tute De­lima passed to­wards the un­marked Muda Fag­beja who drilled the ball home. In the re­main­ing min­utes Gharghur al­most snatched a dra­matic vic­tory when Luke Busut­til drib­bled his way past a cou­ple of de­fend­ers but his ef­fort went slightly over the bar.

Z. Val­letta, L. Galea, K. Fedele, J. Az­zopardi, L. Busut­til, M. Fag­beja, W. Bar­bosa, J. Briffa, C. Gie (E. De­lima Ni­co­lau), D. Sciber­ras (L. Vella), I. Chir­cop (R. Brin­cat)

L. Bon­nici, C. Cas­sar, P. Babic, A. Galem, D. Scerri, E. Beu, A. Sam­mut (P. Dan­dolo), M. Clinch, J. Gar­cia Vi­dal, P. Borg (L. Mus­cat), A. Ige (K. Cu­ta­jar). San­dro Spi­teri

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