Naxxar back on track against 10-man Melita

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Melita 0 Naxxar L 2

Naxxar Li­ons re­turned to win­ning ways eas­ily de­feat­ing 10man Melita with sec­ond half goals.

Naxxar were the bet­ter team with Yuri Mes­sias in splen­did form but the send­ing off of Ai­den Mizzi in the first half, surely tilted the bal­ance in favour of Vince Car­bonaro’s side.

Naxxar missed a sit­ter on 13 min­utes when Jur­gen De­bono passed to­wards the com­pletely un­marked Mes­sias who shot wide with only the goal­keeper to beat.

Melita’s first at­tack came some min­utes later with Alan Borg Olivier shoot­ing slightly over the bar. Half way through the first half Duan Bon­nici’s first timer went slightly over the bar.

On 34 min­utes Melita were re­duced to ten play­ers when Ai­den Mizzi was sent off for stop­ping Mes­sias who was head­ing for goal.

Four min­utes into the sec­ond half Naxxar forged ahead when Mes­sias passed to­wards Bon­nici whose low cross was met by Jur­gen De­bono who slot­ted home from close range. Sixty sec­onds later a John De­bono ef­fort went slightly over the bar.

On 57 min­utes Naxxar dou­bled the score when a Mes­sias shot was par­tially saved by Grima with the ball fin­ish­ing against the up­right and from the re­bound Duane Bon­nici headed home.

On 65 min­utes Melita went close with a fine move - Groves passed to Alan Borg Olivier whose grounder went slightly off tar­get.

Melita: N. Grima, J. Abela, A. Mizzi, I. Tufegdzic, K. Pace, E. Cor­nago, T. Naudi (M. Russo), M. Groves (R. Par­rado), L. Mi­callef (L. Mif­sud), A. Borg Olivier, J.P. At­tard.

Naxxar L: O. Borg, A. Buha­giar, N. Spiteri, D. Bon­nici (M. Fenech), R. Cassar, J. De­bono (A. Az­zopardi), R. Grech, S. Gue­vara Munoz, J. De­bono, A. Lu­bos, Y. Mes­sias (A. Darbo).

Ref­eree: Trustin Far­ru­gia Cann

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