Im­pres­sive Naxxar go on top

Malta Independent - - SPORT WEEKEND SPORT FIXTURES -

Naxxar Li­ons eas­ily beat Zeb­bug Rangers yes­ter­day evening to go tem­po­raraily on top of the stand­ings. It was an im­pres­sive dis­play from the Li­ons es­pe­cially in the first half when they built a twogoal cush­ion, but should have taken a far big­ger mar­gin.

With fi­teen min­utes to go Zeb­bug even man­aged to re­duce the ar­rears but Naxxar se­cured their vic­tory with a late penalty to go on top of the stand­ings.

Naxxar took the lead on eight min­utes when one of their best play­ers yes­ter­day Duane Bon­nici made his way in­side the box be­fore beat­ing Az­zopardi with a pre­cise grounder.

Five min­utes later Naxxar dou­bled the score when Munoz passed to­wards the un­marked Mes­sias who shot beau­ti­fully home. Naxxar had some glo­ri­ous scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but Az­zopardi was in splen­did form to keep the Rangers’ hopes alive.

Fif­teen min­utes from time Zeb­bug re­duced the ar­rears thanks to a Dario tabone pre­cise lob, but two min­utes from time Mes­sias was brought down in­side the box and from the penalty spot the same Mes­sias made no mis­take.

Deep in stop­page time Naxxar were re­duced to ten play­ers when Ryan Grech re­ceived a sec­ond book­ing for dis­sent.

Naxxar: O. Borg, A. Buha­giar, N. Spi­teri, D. Bon­nici (J. El­lul), R. G. Cas­sar, J. De­bono, R. Grech, S.J. Gue­vara Munoz (D.J. No­cera Gar­cia), J. De­bono, A. Lu­bos, Y. Mes­sias Zeb­bug: J. Az­zopardi, C. Ikenna Kean, T. Tre­bo­vac, R. Ba­jada, A. Curmi (J. C. Camil­leri), D. Tabone, S. Borg, C. Pace (K. Grima), I. Meli, R. Mandic, K. Zam­mit (A. Agius)

Ref­eree: San­dro Spi­teri

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