Sliema to compete in Section B
After this narrow win against Mqabba, Sliema are to compete in Section B as they finished second in the Group as they won two games out of four. They dictated matters during the whole game but they lost many easy scoring chances.
The Blues were the first to threaten. Ned Kelly released Jean Borg in the area and Mqabba keeper Owen Farrugia foiled him with a timely sortie and Axl Zammit served Mark Desira with a through ball in the area and Farrugia was able to saved his feeble shot.
In an Mqabba action Benoit Azzopardi was fouled on the right flank and after the free kick by Ryan Cauchi Sliema keeper Carlos Lia saved a header by Christopher Cutajar. Sliema resumed with their pressing. Kelly drove slightly over the bar from the left flank after dribbling past an opponent, the same player released Zammit on the left flank who then crossed to Borg who headed out from inside the area and Mikajl Camilleri served Borg with a cross in the area and Farrugia saved his header.
Sliema opened the score in the 22nd minute with a choral move between three players. Zammit served Desira with a through ball in the area and after the ball thumped the bar from his hard drive Dean Xuereb was on hand to score from the rebound. Mqabba restored parity on the half hour as Cutajar was fouled in Sliema’s half and the same player scored direct from the free kick with a hard rising shot from 40 metres.
The last action before the break was created by Sliema when Kelly was fouled on the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from the free kick by Borg.
Sliema continued to dictate matters after the resumption as Mqabba created only one action. Camilleri served Borg with a cross in the area but he headed over the bar and the same player did likewise minutes later after a flag kick by Xuereb. A flag kick by Borg created havoc in Mqabba’s area and the ball was cleared away. Farrugia then saved in two attempts a distant shot by Borg after a Gareth Barone through ball.
In the only action by Mqabba Cutajar dribbled past two opponents and Sliema substitute keeper Nigel Portelli saved his shot from outside the area. In the 67th minute Sliema scored a second goal as Borg scored with a hard drive from inside the area after a flag kick by substitute Luca Pirotta and in the last action before the end Borg released Desira in the area and Farrugia saved his shot.
Mqabba: O.Farrugia, C.cutajar, N.Bugeja, J.Chircop, F.Camilleri, B.Azzopardi, R.Cauchi, J.Pace, I.Farrugia, K.Ghigo, A.aliwi
Sliema: C.Lia, A.Zammit, S.Cassar, L.Camilleri, D.Xuereb, G.Barone, M.Desira, M.Camilleri, J.Kind, N.Kelly, J.Borg
Referee: Anthony Buhagiar