Flo­ri­ana qual­ify for Group of 16

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Vic­tor Cian­gura Melita: Flo­ri­ana: Ref­eree:

Melita Flo­ri­ana 1 3

A very keen and ac­tion-packed game which Flo­ri­ana de­servedly won as they cre­ated more scor­ing chances than Melita. The game was watched by a size­able crowd at Mosta Ground,

The game was only five min­utes old when Flo­ri­ana took the lead after a choral move be­tween three play­ers. Jake Mal­lia Phyall out­sped two op­po­nents on the right flank and crossed to Mattia Zarb in the area who passed the ball to Bradley Sciber­ras for the lat­ter to score with a close-range ris­ing shot past Melita keeper An­drew Piz­zuto.

In an­other ac­tion by Flo­ri­ana, Mal­lia Phyall re­leased Dylan Mif­sud on the right flank but the ball was cleared away fol­low­ing his dan­ger­ous cross.

In the 16th minute Melita equalised as Adam Randon scored di­rect from a free kick with a ris­ing shot from 30 me­tres.

The pres­sure from Flo­ri­ana re­sumed. A flag kick by Sciber­ras cre­ated havoc in Melita’s area and the ball was cleared away with dif­fi­culty. Zarb served Agius with a through ball in the area but he drove slightly over the bar.

Zarb then served Dario Men­tosa with a good pass and he missed the up­right from out­side the area.

In the last ac­tion be­fore the break Sciber­ras re­leased Zarb on the right edge of the area and his lobbed ball missed the far post by inches.

In the first ac­tion after the re­sump­tion, Agius served Zarb with a through ball in the area but he missed the up­right. Agius was then fouled on the right flank and from the free kick by Sciber­ras the ball missed the near post.

Melita then won a free kick as Jeremy At­tard was fouled out­side the area and the shot by Liam Del­i­cata cre­ated havoc in the Greens area but the ball was cleared away to safety.

In the 68th minute Flo­ri­ana scored a sec­ond goal when Zarb re­ceived the ball from a goal kick by keeper Christo­pher Far­ru­gia in Melita’s half and as he sprinted in the area he scored with a hard low grounder.

In the sec­ond minute of added time the same player put the is­sue beyond any doubt as he was put through in the area by Agius and again scored with a low hard drive.

A.Piz­zuto, R.Grima, T.Mif­sud, L.Del­i­cata, A.Galea, M.Sal­iba, K.Ferry, A.Randon, T.Friscti, J.At­tard, J.Dimech

C.Far­ru­gia, S.Agius, S.Bar­tolo, K.Far­ru­gia, M.Galea, J.Mal­lia Phyall, D.Men­tosa, D.Mif­sud, K.Theuma, M.Zarb, B.Sciber­ras

Kyle Bee­ston

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