Mqabba join Sen­glea at the top

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A pol­ished Mqabba side eas­ily dis­posed of newly pro­moted Gharghur to join Sen­glea at the top of the stand­ings.

Mqabba were wor­thy win­ners in an en­ter­tain­ing match, in which they had the lion’s share of the ex­changes and the most glar­ing scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, with Gharghur goal­keeper Val­letta ef­fect­ing a string of out­stand­ing saves.

Mqabba went all out on the of­fen­sive from the very first minute with Gharghur on the de­fen­sive. Mqabba had sev­eral at­tempts at goal mainly through Mello Da Silva and Chimezie.

On 22 min­utes Mqabba forged ahead when from a Clau­dio Calleja cor­ner, Paul Chimezie well po­si­tioned on the far post headed the ball home.

But Mqabba’s joy was short­lived as four min­utes later Gharghur were back on level terms when Carlo Gie pounced on a loose ball just in front of goal and drilled the ball home.

On 34 min­utes Mqabba were back in front when Paul Chimezie was tripped in­side the penalty area by Az­zopardi and from the penalty spot cap­tain Clau­dio Calleja scored with a fierce cen­tral drive.

Mqabba in­sisted on the of­fen­sive on the re­sump­tion and were rather un­lucky on 49 min­utes when Michael Borg’s free­kick slammed against the up­right with Val­letta com­pletely beaten.

On 64 min­utes Mello da Silva was com­pletely un­marked in front goal but goal­keeper Val­letta made a great save to keep his side in the match.

On the other end Gharghur al­most ob­tained the equaliser when a Spiteri header was cleared off the goal line by Chimezie.

On 75 min­utes Mqabba sealed the is­sue when Aril­son Mello da Silva scored a beauty di­rect from a free­kick.

Nine min­utes from time Gharghur were re­duced to ten men when Keith Fedele re­ceived a sec­ond book­ing.

Għargħur: Z. Val­letta, K. Fedele, J. Az­zopardi, K. Conti, I. Chir­cop, J. Sousa Martins Da Silva, J. Briffa, L. Vella (R. Brin­cat), C. Gie (M. Fag­beja), G. Sal­iba (M. Spiteri), E. De Lima Ni­co­lau.

Mqabba: J. De­bono, G. Ge­sualdi, A. Mello Da Silva (L. Konda), C. Calleja, K. Cu­ta­jar, L. Vella Cri­tien (J.R. Vella), M. Borg, P. Chimezie, Q. Breg­man, G. Adamovic, L. Mi­callef.

Ref­eree: Alex Johnson

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