Pembroke waste scoring chances
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