Marsa claim first victory
Marsa 5 Gharghur 3
In a clash between two newly promoted clubs Marsa obtained their first victory of the season beating Gharghur 5-3 in a spectacular match.
Marsa deserved their victory as they were the better team, even if they had to wait till the 94th minute to put their minds at rest with a fifth goal.
Marsa could’nt have had a better start as they took the lead after only 34 seconds play when De Melo passed towards Lucky Omerou who shot low into the net from an acute angle.
Marsa continued to attack and on five minutes Gilbert Martin’s effort sailed over the bar. The Redblues continued to dictate matters with Gharghur still under shock. On 16 minutes Omerou went close again with his shot missing the base of the upright by a whisker.
A minute later, in their first real break, Gharghur drew level when Luke Busuttil beat the offside trap, dribbled past goalkeeper Caruana before putting at the back of the net.
On 32 minutes a De Melo freekick missed the base of the upright and four minutes later another freekick on the other end with William Barbosa’s shot well saved by Caruana.
Just before the break Marsa missed a sitter when De Melo hesitated all alone in front of goal and was blocked by the Gharghur custodian.
Four minutes into the second half Luke Busuttil was brought down by the Marsa goalkeeper and from the penalty spot Muda Fagbeja sent Caruana the wrong way.
Marsa pushed everything forward and substitute Sakurai missed a sitter in front of Valletta, but Marsa drew level on 57 minutes. Steve Meilak was tripped by Barbosa and from the resultant penalty Kento Sakurai scored with a low central drive.
Two minutes later Marsa were back in front when Omerou passed towards Sakurai who gave the ball to Gilbert Martin who fired home a beauty with a shot on the turn.
On 66 minutes Marsa made it four when Steve Meilak beat the offside trap and passed towards Lucky Omerou who easily slotted home. But Marsa’s celebrations were marred when goalkeeper Caruana received a second booking and was sent off. But ten minutes from time both sets were again equal in numbers when William Barbosa received a second booking.
On 83 minutes Gharghur were back in business when Muda Fagbeja scored a beauty from an impossible angle. But deep in stoppage time Marsa put their minds at rest with a fifth goal when Gilbert Martin passed towards Kento Sakurai who amde no mistake in front of Valletta.
Marsa: R. Caruana, L. Scorfna (S. Meilak)(L. Mifsud), Y. Camilleri, B. Essiel, A. Sicali, C. Cutajar, J. Farrugia, R. Mifsud. L. Omerou, G. Martin, L.A. De Melo (K. Sakurai).
Gharghur: Z. Valletta, L. Galea, J. Briffa, J. Azzopardi, I. Chircop, R. Brincat (D. Sciberras), L. Busuttil, M. Fagbeja, E. De Lima Nicolau, W. Barbosa, L. Vella (G. Saliba). Referee: Glenn Tonna
Photo: Jonathan Borg