Pem­broke waste scor­ing chances

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Pem­broke dom­i­nated the game but they failed to turn their su­pe­ri­or­ity into goals as they were very care­less in their fin­ish­ing. Mel­lieħa also had their few good mo­ments but Pem­broke keeper Caine Sapi­ano saved all the shots by the Mel­lieħa for­wards.

The early pres­sure came from Pem­broke. Sheyzell Mal­lia served Dyon Grima with a short free kick pass on the left flank and af­ter he crossed the ball in the area there were no tak­ers to ap­ply the killer touch. Mal­lia then re­leased Larkin At­tard in the area but he missed the up­right and Owen Vella missed the far post by inches from a well-taken free kick from the right flank.

In the first ac­tion by Mel­lieħa in the 14th minute Keene Mus­cat drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the left flank who then crossed the ball to Mi­fuel Mif­sud on the edge of the area who drove slightly over the bar.

Mel­lieħa keeper Mark Cu­ta­jar saved a hard shot from out­side the area by At­tard af­ter he drib­bled past an opp­po­nent. In the 23 minute Pem­broke won a free kick on the left edge of the area af­ter a foul on Grima, af­ter Juan Gauci’s well-taken free kick At­tard scored from in­side the area but the point was dis­al­lowed fro off side.

The last ac­tion be­fore the break was cre­ated by Mel­lieħa when An­to­nio Tola was fouled on the right edge of the area and from Mark Vas­sallo’s free kick the ball was cleared with dif­fi­culty.

From a Juan Gauci flag kick the ball was cleared away from his very high cross, at the other end Mark Vas­sallo served Kyle At­tard Vella on the edge of the area and Sapi­ano saved his shot.

Pem­broke re­gained the ini­tia­tive as they mounted three ac­tions. Gian­luca Ritrovato re­leased Gauci in the area and af­ter Cu­ta­jar partly saved his shot the ball was cleared. Owen Vella served Gauci in the area and a de­fender cleared the ball to a corner and Vella was then fouled out­side the area and from Liam Fal­zon’s free kick Cu­ta­jar saved in two at­tempts.

The last ac­tion be­fore the end was cre­ated by Mel­lieħa as Vas­sallo served Tola in the area and Sapi­ano saved his ef­fort in two at­tempts.

Pem­broke: C.Sapi­ano, L.At­tard, E.Luc­ch­ese, N.Fal­zon, G.Ritrovato, S.Mal­lia, J.Gauci, K.Blihi, L.Fal­zon, O.Vella, D.Grima

Mel­lieħa: M.Cu­ta­jar, M.Camil­leri, G.Galea Curmi, J.Galea, L.Mif­sud, M.Mif­sud, K.Mus­cat, A.Tola, M.Vas­sallo, T.Vella, D.Vella

Ref­eree: Carl Galea

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