Sec­ond half goals put Sen­glea back on top

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Three sec­ond half goals gave Sen­glea a de­served vic­tory over Sirens, a vic­tory that put the Cot­ton­era side back on top of the stand­ings.

Sen­glea were by far the bet­ter team against a be­low par Sirens side. How­ever Sen­glea found the go­ing hard and only had the bet­ter of their op­po­nents when they scored the open­ing two goals in the space of five min­utes at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Sen­glea were the bet­ter team in the first half and en­joyed the lions’ share of the ex­changes: how­ever their scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were a hand­ful by the end of the first half.

After a cou­ple of min­utes Sirens goal­keeper Cini blocked Cabral fol­low­ing a melee in front of goal and on seven min­utes a good Sen­glea move was fin­ished by Chris­tian Cas­sar who blasted well over the bar.

On 17 min­utes Jamie Pace tried his luck from a dis­tance with his cen­tral drive well saved by Cini. Sixty sec­onds later Sirens had their best chance of the first half when Chris­tian Caru­ana did all the run­ning on the right flank and crossed to­wards Ekani Ro­driguez who how­ever failed to con­nect in front of goal to miss a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity.

On the half hour a good Cabral shot on the turn was well saved by Cini and five min­utes later the Sirens goal­keeper was saved by the base of the up­right when a Da Sousa Dias free­kick com­pletely de­ceived him.

Just be­fore the break Jamie Pace’s grounder missed the base of the up­right by a whisker.

Eight min­utes into the sec­ond half Da Sousa Dias had a lob from an acute an­gle go­ing over the bar. Two min­utes later player coach Pablo Doffo broke the dead­lock with a fierce cen­tral drive from a dis­tance that com­pletely de­ceived Cini.

On the hour Sen­glea dou­bled the score when a Jamie Pace free­kick was de­flected by the Sirens de­fen­sive wall with the ball fin­ish­ing at the back of the net.

On 72 min­utes Sirens should have pulled one back but sub­sti­tute Charles Newuche failed to score with only the goal­keeper to beat.

Four min­utes later Sen­glea put the game to bed with a third goal scored by Jun­inho Cabral from close range fol­low­ing a Dalli-Sam­mut ac­tion.

S. Cini, D. Sant, T. Far­ru­gia, L. Gabrieli (C. Newuche), L. Zam­mit, O. Anonam (D. Bon­nici), I. Curmi, J. Ekani, C. Caru­ana, R. Vaduva (E. Laz­zarini), I. Zam­mit.

Jef­frey Far­ru­gia, R. Vella, Jurgen Far­ru­gia, J. Pace, C. Guz­man, P. Doffo, C. Cas­sar, R. Dalli (R. Tanti), J. Cabral, M. De Sousa Dias (M. Del Ne­gro), P. Sam­mut (D. Xuereb).

Mario Apap

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