Ten-man Ra­bat earn first win

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Ten-man Ra­bat grabbed the first vic­tory of the sea­son beat­ing Pi­eta 3-1 in an en­ter­tain­ing match.

Ra­bat banked on a very pos­i­tive first half in which they built a two-goal lead with well taken goals.

Credit also goes to Ra­bat who man­aged to in­crease their lead sec­onds af­ter los­ing David Az­zopardi.

With a three-goal cush­ion Ra­bat played with rel­a­tive ease even though Pi­eta re­duced the ar­rears min­utes passed the hour. Pi­eta at­tacked for long stretches in the last 30 min­utes of the game but the Ra­bat cus­to­dian was never un­der threat.

Pi­eta drew first blood with a Dim­itrov free­kick just miss­ing the tar­get. On the other end a Ryan Mi­callef scorcher was well saved by Chir­cop and min­utes later the same Chir­cop was again out­stand­ing sav­ing an­other shot, this time from Good­man.

On 18 min­utes Ra­bat took the lead when Ryan Mi­callef won a tackle in mid­field and passed the ball to­wards Adam Smeir who slot­ted the ball home in style. On 29 min­utes Pi­eta had a good op­por­tu­nity fol­low­ing a melee in front of Mintoff, but De­gabriele’s shot was blocked by the Ra­bat cus­to­dian.

On 34 min­utes Mintoff made an­other great save deny­ing De­gabriele who tried his luck di­rect from a free­kick. On 40 min­utes Ra­bat dou­bled the score with a breathe tak­ing goal from English striker Ethan Jay Good­man who beat Chir­cop with a great drive from a great dis­tance. Just be­fore the break a Dim­itrov shot slightly missed the up­right.

Four min­utes into the sec­ond half ra­bat were down to ten men when David Az­zopardi was sent off for stop­ping Men­sah who was head­ing for goal.

But sixty sec­onds later Ra­bat in­creased their lead when when Joseph Caru­ana headed home fol­low­ing a Mi­callef free­kick.

On 62 min­utes Pi­eta pulled one back through Men­sah, and the same player missed a very good op­por­tu­nity min­utes later.

Pi­eta con­tin­ued to at­tack but the Ra­bat rear­guard never gave away an inch to grab the first vic­tory of the sea­son.

S. Mintoff, N. Caru­ana, J. Caru­ana, S. Gauci, B. Mi­callef, A. Smeir (C. Vella), N. At­tard (G. Bugeja), D. Fal­zon, E. Good­man (K. Mus­cat), R. Mi­callef, D. Az­zopardi.

J. Chir­cop St.John, K. Mi­callef, C. De­gabriele (N. Pace Cocks), T. Bar­tolo, D. Agius, M. Mif­sud, Y. Dim­itrov, C. Gauci (C. Ste­wart), G. Men­sah, J.M. Ruiz Perez, A. Mizzi (J. Sci­cluna) Mal­colm Spi­teri Sen­glea A Mqabba Lija A Sirens Fgura U Għargħur Pi­eta H Naxxar L Vit­to­riosa S Melita Zeb­bug R Ra­bat A Marsa Qormi P 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 W 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 D 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 3 3

F A Pts 12 4 7 4 0 7 9 4 7 9 6 7 4 5 7 7 10 7 6 5 6 2 2 6 6 4 4 2 5 4 1 3 1 5 7 4 0 5 0 1 8 0

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