Chimezie heads Mqabba to the top

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A Paul Chimezie header on the half hour was enough for Mqabba to claim vic­tory over Naxxar and go on top of the standings.

Mqabba’s de­fence, still un­beaten so far this sea­son, proved to be Clive Mizzi’s main as­set, with Ge­sualdi and later Bon­nici, to­gether with Adamovic again un­beat­able in de­fence, even in the last min­utes when Mqabba were re­duced to ten play­ers.

Both sides had good ef­forts at goal in the open­ing three min­utes of the match, but there were no fur­ther at­tempts till the half hour mark when Mqabba took the lead.

Aril­son Mello da Silva crossed from the right to­wards Paul Chimezie whose header de­ceived goal­keeper Borg on the first post.

Naxxar had an im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion and were unlucky when sixty sec­onds later a Jur­gen De­bono free­kick smashed against the up­right and mo­ments later a Mes­sias grounder slightly missed the base of the up­right.

At the start of the sec­ond half Mes­sias went close on two oc­cas­sions with the ball miss­ing the tar­get by inches.

On 54 min­utes Mqabba were unlucky not to dou­ble the score when a Karl Cu­ta­jar shot hit the up­right with Omar Borg beaten.

Mqabba were now op­er­at­ing in fast breaks with Paul Chimezie miss­ing two good op­por­tu­ni­ties. Nine min­utes from time Mqabba were re­duced to ten men when Karl Cu­ta­jar was sent off for dis­sent.

On 90 min­utes sub­sti­tute Gue­vara missed a glo­ri­ous chance for Naxxar with only Omar Borg to beat.

O. Borg, A. Buha­giar, N. Spi­teri, A. Darbo (S. Gue­vara Munoz), R. Cassar, M. Fenech (J. De­bono), R. Grech (R. Mer­cieca), J. El­lul, J. De­bono, A. Lu­bos, Y. Mes­sias.

J. De­bono, G. Ge­sualdi (J. Vella), A. Mello Da Silva, C. Calleja, K. Cu­ta­jar, L. Vella Cri­tien, M. Borg, P. Chimezie (L. Konda), Q. Breg­man, G. Adamovic, L. Mi­callef (M. Bon­nici). Darko Stankovic

Ryan Cassar of Naxxar (left) chal­lenges Leon­tiev Konda of Mqabba (right) Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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