Mosta stop Sliema’s pos­i­tive form

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

De­spite having squad prob­lems, Mosta man­aged to snatch a point as they one of the most teams in form Sliema Wan­der­ers 1-1. This point kept Mosta in 11th place with eight points from ten games, but this draw might give a bit of fresh air that is needed in the club.

On the other side, this draw stopped the bril­liant form of four con­sec­u­tive wins that John But­tigieg’s team claimed in the last games, and they are now one point be­hind Flo­ri­ana.

Sliema were bet­ter in the first half but failed to close the af­fair after the break, and per­mit­ted Mosta to im­prove, score and take away a point. But­tigieg made only one change from last game, as Gabriel Aquilina took the place of the sus­pended Peter Xuereb.

On the other side, Ivan Zam­mit made again huge changes to the team, as he made six changes from the de­feat against Flo­ri­ana. Joint club top scorers Priso and Reid re­turned in at­tack, while Kurt Ma­gro was sus­pended.

Sliema had the first ac­tion of the game when Sala­mon drib­bled past an op­po­nent and crossed a low ball in the penalty area, but Jean Paul Far­ru­gia missed the ball. The first shot by Mosta came after 20 min­utes, with a dan­ger­ous shot by Priso that was de­flected into a cor­ner.

The Wan­der­ers took the lead four min­utes later. Muchardi passed to Far­ru­gia who had a shot par­tially saved by Cini, but Wis­dom Sala­mon scored from the re­bound.

Sliema re­duced their at­tack­ing force, as Mosta tried to be more dan­ger­ous in at­tack, but Sliema were more com­pact in de­fence. In fact, Sliema al­most dou­bled the lead be­fore the break when Mark Scerri could have con­cluded bet­ter in front of Cini, after he re­ceived a header from Muchardi.

But­tigieg’s team closed the half on the at­tack and in stop­page time from a free-kick by Muir, Jean Paul Far­ru­gia tried with a heqader, but was well saved by Cini.

Mosta equalised on the 57th minute. Atkin­son crossed to Njongo Priso who chested the ball and with a de­flected shot beat Glenn Zam­mit. After this goal, the game re­duced its rhythm as the game was played in the mid­field.

In fact, the next ac­tion to note came four min­utes from time, when Gary Muir tried with a shot from dis­tance that was saved into a cor­ner. In the last mo­ments, Sliema in­creased their ef­forts with shot from Galin and Mus­cat, but Cini was ready in ev­ery ac­tion to save a point for his team.

Stand­ings

Balzan Hiber­ni­ans Birkirkara Val­letta Flo­ri­ana Sliema Ham­run Tarx­ien St. An­drews Gzira Mosta Pem­broke P W D 10 7 2 10 6 2 10 6 1 10 5 3 10 5 2 10 5 1 10 4 2 10 2 4 10 3 1 10 2 3 10 2 2 10 1 1 L F APts 1 21 12 23 2 12 8 20 3 25 8 19 2 15 10 18 3 11 8 17 4 13 11 16 4 18 17 14 4 10 15 10 6 10 16 10 5 11 19 9 6 10 18 8 8 10 24 4

Roger De Souza Vil­las Boas of Sliema Wan­der­ers (right) gets first to the ball ahead of Dex­ter Xuereb of Mosta (left) and his team mate Mark Scerri (cen­tre)

Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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