First half penalty puts Naxxar in second place
Naxxar L 1 Qormi 0
A penalty scored by Messias after only 18 minutes play was enough for Naxxar to notch the thrid successive victory and move to second place in the standings.
But against high flying Qormi, Naxxar found the going hard especially in the second half, when Qormi dominated and could have at least gained the equaliser.
After barely four minutes play Naxxar went close with a Jurgen Debono freekick that finished against the side netting. Six minutes later Qormi had a good move on the right flank with the ball finishing in Darko Mendic’s path, but his shot went well over the bar.
On 18 minutes Naxxar took the lead when Yuri Messias was tripped inside the area by Dejan Vukovic and from the penalty spot the same Messias scored with a precise drive.
Naxxar controlled Qormi’s feeble reaction and went close on 33 minutes when goalkeeper Balzan dived to save a Debono angled drive, and from the resultant corner Duane Bonnici’sclose range effort was again blocked by Balzan.
Just before the break Qormi went close to an equaliser when Michael Camilleri’s freekick destined for the top corner was brilliantly saved by Omar Borg.
Three minutes into the second half Naxxar went close with a Munoz lob that beat Balzan but Alan Abela was on hand to clear the danger. With the inclusion of Chiedozie Qormi started to play better in attack and Ojoula went close with a header on 64 minutes.
Two minutes later Naxxar had a lucky escape when efforts from Chiedozie and Guzman were cleared off the goal line.
On 77 minutes Ojoula passed towards Guzman who hesitated in front of goal and then blasted over the bar.
Qormi dominated the last moments of the game and had and Alessio Cassar dipper well saved by Omar Borg.
On 89 minutes Qormi missed their best chance when Chiedozie headed down towards Sidibe who failed to score with only Borg to beat.
Naxxar L: O. Borg, A. Buhagiar, N. Spiteri, D. Bonnici, R. Cassar, J. Debono (R. Mercieca), M. Fenech (D. Nocera Garcia), S. Guevara Munoz (J. Ellul), J. Debono, A. Lubos, Y. Messias
Qormi: D. Balzan, Y. Yankam (C. Farrugia), O. Sidibe, D. Vukovic, M. Camilleri, B. Grech, A. Abela, T. Guzman (D. Pirotta), D. Medic (L. Chiedozie), A. Cassar, N. Ojuola
Referee: Etienne Mangion