Mqabba take sole lead­er­ship

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Mqabba had the bet­ter of ten­man Rabat Ajax yes­ter­day to go on top oth­mae stand­ings. Mqabba were the bet­ter team in the first half, but left the ini­tia­tive to the Mag­pies in the se­cond half of the game.

Rabat who played for a whole hour with a man less, de­served some­thing bet­ter from theis match, as they were rather un­lucky in the fi­nal min­utes of the game when they pushed ev­ery­thing for­ward.

Mqabba were in full com­mand in the first half even though Rabat goal­keeper Mintoff wasa rarely called in ac­tion. Mintoff’s best save, a stun­ning one indeed, came on nine min­utes when he saved a point blank ef­fort from Paul Chimezie who was bril­liantly served by Aril­son Mello da Silva.

On the half hour Rabat were re­duced to ten men when Ryan Mi­callef fouled the Mqabba goal­keeper and re­ceived a first book­ing. How­ever the Rabat striker kept protest­ing with the

Yes­ter­day’s re­sults

Foot­ball Bank of Val­letta Pre­mier League Tarx­ien R.-Hiber­ni­ans 1-2; Ham­run S.-Val­letta 0-3; St An­drews-Gzira U. 1-0; Mosta-Pem­broke Ath. 0-3 Bank of Val­letta first divi­sion Mqabba-Rabat Ajax 2-0; Zeb­bug R.-Sen­glea Ath. 0-0

To­day’s fix­tures

Foot­ball Vic­tor Tedesco Sta­dium: Bank of Val­letta first divi­sion 2pm, Naxxar Li­ons-Qormi; 4.15pm MarsaVit­to­riosa S. Charles Abela Sta­dium: Bank of Val­letta third divi­sion 2pm Marsaskala-Luqa SA; 4.15pm Mtarfa-Kalkara. Luxol Sta­dium: Bank of Val­letta third divi­sion 2pm Dingli S.-Xgha­jra T.; 4.15pm St Lu­cia-Msida SJ. Sirens Sta­dium: Bank of Val­letta third divi­sion 2pm Ta’ Xbiex-Md­ina K.; 4.15pm Zur­rieq-St Ven­era L. Kirkop Ground: Women’s U-17 league 9am Hiber­ni­ans-Raiders (Luxol); 10.30am Kirkop-Gozo; 12.00 Mgarr U.-Birkirkara. St Lu­cia Ground: IASC Divi­sion I 8.30am Marsa T.-Gzira U.; 9.45am Bur­mar­rad AFC-Flo­ri­ana A.; 11am Ham­run L.-Msida RS. Bas­ket­ball Ta’ Qali: Bank of Val­letta League Div. II men 11.15am Star­litesMel­lieha ref­eree who had no other op­tion but to show him the se­cond yel­low card.

On 41 min­utes Mqabba took ad­van­tage of their nu­mer­i­cal Bank of Val­letta se­cond divi­sion Ghaxaq-At­tard 1-2; Ze­j­tun C.Birzeb­buga SP. 2-1; Mellieha-Mgarr U. 2-0; Zabbar SPSig­giewi 3-1; San Gwann-Swieqi U. 4-2; St. Ge­orge’s-Marsaxlokk 1-0. GFA - Div II Munxar F-San­nat L 1-3; St.Lawrence S-Zeb­bug R 4-1 Mr Green; 1pm, Marvels Power Plus-Gzira Ath­leta; St James Shield Women 2.45pm Gzira Ath­leta-Depiro; Shield Men Div. I 4.30pm Gzira Ath­leta-Flo­ri­ana MCP Vol­ley­ball Cot­ton­era Sports Com­plex: Women’s U-18 1.30pm Swieqi Phoenix-Balzan Fly­ers; Men’s League 1st rd 3.30pm Mgar­rAloysians; 5.30pm Fleur-de-Lys-Val­letta Hockey Cor­radino: HAM Chal­lenge Cup 9am 2nd Group B-3rd Group A Shoot­ing Qormi: 10am Trap com­pe­ti­tion for the Qormi Clay Shoot­ing Club tro­phy


Foot­ball Cen­te­nary Sta­dium: Bank of Val­letta first divi­sion 7.30pm Lija Ath.-Fgura U. su­pe­ri­or­ity when Aril­son Mello da Silva scored a gem of a goal di­rect from a free­kick. Just be­fore the break Rabat went close with an an­gled shot from Wayne Borg go­ing inches wide.

In the se­cond half Mqabba elected to de­fend their slen­der lead and con­trol the match. To be fair Rabat never re­ally gave the im­pres­sion they could save the matcheven though they held ter­ri­to­rial su­pe­ri­or­ity.

But in the fi­nal min­utes Mqabba were rather lucky as Rabat in­creased their pres­sure. Six min­utes from time De­bono saved the day when he de­nied Ous­man with a su­per save from close range, and in stop­page time De­bono was saved by the wood­work when a Neil Caru­ana header fin­ished against the cross­bar.

From the same ac­tion Mqabba sealed the is­sue with the se­cond goal when in a fast break leon­tiev Konda passed to the un­marked Karl Cu­ta­jar who slot­ted home from close range.

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

S. Mintoff, N. Caru­ana, J. Caru­ana, S. Gauci, W. Borg (T. Ous­man), B. Mi­callef, A. Smeir (C. Vella), D. Fal­zon, E. Good­man, R. Zam­mit, D. Az­zopardi San­dro Spi­teri

Aril­son Mello da Silva of Mqabba (right) out­paces Dy­lan Fal­zon of Rabat Ajax (left). Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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