Pi­eta re­cover lost win­ning touch

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

After suf­fer­ing three con­sec­u­tive de­feats, Pi­eta re­turned to win­ning ways eas­ily beat­ing Fgura United in a one sided af­fair.

After a slow start Pi­eta dom­i­nated and could have even ob­tained a big­ger vic­tory.

Pi­eta were ag­gres­sive at the start and had some shots at goal, but their high spir­its quickly faded out with the match scrappy at times.

Dy­lan Agius had a shot from the edge of the area go­ing inches wide and at the other end goal­keeper Chir­cop charged out of po­si­tion to block De­fex Mar­riaga. On 31 min­utes Pi­eta took the lead when from a Mead Mif­sud free­kick from the left, Juan Manuel Ruiz Perez an­tic­i­pated Bar­tolo to head home.

Six min­utes from the break Pi­eta went close a sec­ond goal but Dim­itrov’s point blank shot was blocked by Bar­tolo.

But in stop­page time Pi­eta dou­bled the score with a per­fectly carved set piece, with Mead Mif­sud’s cor­ner first timed beau­ti­fully home by Neil Pace Cocks.

On the re­sump­tion Pi­eta eas­ily con­trolled their two-goal cush­ion and went close a third goal on 68 min­utes when a point blank header by Dim­itrov was bril­liantly saved by Bar­tolo.

But on 77 min­utes Pi­eta put the game to bed with a third goal when sub­sti­tute Sci­cluna passed to­wards Dim­itrov who rounded a de­fender be­fore putting at the back of the net.

Fgura U: B. Bar­tolo, D. Aquilina, J. Bar­bara, E. Uzeh, M. Caru­ana, G. Chir­cop, R. Spiteri (M. Spiteri), J. Chet­cuti (W. Chir­cop), D. Cachia, R. De­fex Mar­riaga (W. Jadean), V. Dos San­tos. Pi­eta H: J. Chir­cop St.John, K. Mi­callef, T. Bar­tolo, N. Pace Cocks, D. Agius (J. Sci­cluna), M. Mif­sud (A. Mizzi), Y. Dim­itrov, C. Gauci, G. Men­sah (I. Jalo), J.M. Ruiz Perez, C. Grech. Ref­eree: Clay­ton Pisani

Photo: Domenic Aquilina

Vic­tor Hugo Dos San­tos of Fgura United (sec­ond left) shields the ball away from the chal­lenge of Neil Pace Cocks of Pi­eta’ Hot­spurs (sec­ond right)

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