Pao­lites turn the tide in keen game

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Vic­tor Cian­gura

In this keen and hard-fought game, Paola man­aged to turn de­feat into vic­tory after suf­fer­ing an early set­back against a fast and ag­gre­sive Qormi side.

The game was well con­trolled by ref­eree Mark Ciantar.

Qormi took an early lead after four min­utes as Matthias Ablett re­leased Ramiro Mal­lia in the area and after he was pushed, Zen­den Gafa’ made no mis­take from the spot send­ing Paola keeper Sa­muel Mif­sud the wrong way.

In Paola’s first ac­tion Liam Ciantar was fouled out­side the area and Kane Bonello missed the bar by inches from the free kick.

In their next at­tack in the 12th minute Paola equalised. It was Leonard Bugeja who scored with a header past Qormi keeper Miguel Fal­zon.

An­dreas Vella then missed Qormi’s up­right by inches from in­side the area while at the other end Mif­sud saved on Ablett after an Isaac Mizzi cross.

In an­other Paola ac­tion Bugeja drib­bled past two de­fend­ers but missed the up­right from the edge of the area.

In the last ac­tion be­fore the break by Qormi Ablett drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the right flank but the ball was cleared away from his dan­ger­ous cross.

Qormi mounted the first ac­tion after restart as Irvine Sul­tana served Ablett with a through ball out­side the area but his shot was blocked by a de­fender. Three ac­tions were then mounted by Paola.

Fal­zon saved a Bugeja ef­fort in two at­tempts. Then the same player served Rudy Cas­sar with a cross on the edge of the area but Fal­zon saved his shot to a cor­ner.

In a Qormi ac­tion Sul­tana served Ablett with a good pass out­side the area and Mif­sud saved his ef­fort from the dis­tance.

Be­tween the 74th and 76th min­utes Paola scored two goals. Ciantar en­tered the area after drib­bling past an op­po­nent and scored with a hard low drive and the same player was then put through in the area by Miguel Cas­sar and net­ted with a hard grounder.

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