Sliema to com­pete in Section B

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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,­ta­jar, 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

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