Ten-men Sirens crush Ra­bat

Malta Independent - - SPORT - ■ Vic­tor Cian­gura

Sirens played with 10 men for 69 min­utes but they man­aged to turn de­feat into vic­tory as they were the bet­ter out­fit dur­ing the whole game.

Ra­bat cre­ated the first two ac­tions. Sven Fabri served An­dre’ De­bat­tista with a short free kick and he drove slightly over the bar and Fabri was then fouled on the left flank but from Shawn Galea’s free kick Matthew Borg drove well off tar­get from in­side the area.

In the 11th minute Sirens were re­duced to 10 men as Bradley Ge­nius was shown a straight red card for a reck­less tackle on Kieran Agius and three min­utes later Ra­bat opened the score when Borg re­ceived the ball from a long drop-kick by keeper Gil­more Mus­cat on the right flank and af­ter en­ter­ing the area, scored with a hard low drive past Sirens keeper Maxwell Bon­net.

Sirens re­stored par­ity in the 24th minute when Lu­cas Fal­zon was fouled out­side the area and Jonathan Den­nis scored with a low drive from the free kick.

Two min­utes later they scored a sec­ond goal as Fal­zon re­leased Den­nis on the left flank and he gave no chance to Mus­cat with a hard ris­ing shot.

Ra­bat cre­ated the last ac­tion be­fore the break when Shawn Galea served Fabri in the area and Bon­net saved his ef­fort in two at­tempts.

Sirens dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod. Jake Sal­iba re­leased Den­nis in the area and af­ter Mus­cat partly saved his shot, the ball was cleared to a corner. Mat­teo Gen­tile then re­leased Den­nis in the area but hit wide af­ter a par­tial save by Mus­cat.

Fal­zon late drove slightly over the bar from a free kick.

In an ac­tion by Ra­bat, sub­sti­tute Tris­tan Schem­bri was fouled on the left flank but the ball was eas­ily cleared away from the free kick by Galea.

Eight min­utes be­fore the end Sirens put the is­sue be­yond doubt as sub­sti­tute Yasin As­sowen served Fal­zon with a through ball in the area who

scored with a low drive.

In the last ac­tion be­fore the end, Ra­bat for­ward Ran­son De­bono was fouled on the left flank and Borg drove slightly out from the free kick.

Ra­bat: G.Mus­cat, K.Agius, S.Galea, T.Cian­gura, A.De­bat­tista, S.Fabri, M.Borg, G.Galea, B.Gra­ham, R.De­bono, S.Vella

Sirens: M.Bon­net, M.Gen­tile, I.De­bono, M.Briffa, K.Sciber­ras, C.Pace, T.Lothan, J.Sal­iba, J.Den­nis, B.Ge­nius, L.Fal­zon Ref­eree: Do­rian Caru­ana Player of the match: Lu­cas Fal­zon (Sirens)

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