Dom­i­nant Lija win with a goal in each half

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Lija A 2 Fgura U 0

Lija dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish to score a goal in each half to beat Fgura and move to fourth place in the standings with 13 points.

Er­jon Beu and Paolo Dan­dolo were ar­guably Lija’s best play­ers, but the whole side was in good shape yes­ter­day and there was no doubt who would emerge win­ners with strug­gling Fgura stum­bling to their third suc­ces­sive de­feat.

Lija were the bet­ter team in the open­ing min­utes of the match go­ing close with an Er­jon Beu free­kick which was well saved by the Fgura goal­keeper, with the same Beu hit­ting wide when well placed on nine min­utes.

Fgura’s first at­tempt at goal came on 11 min­utes with Waseem Jadean’s ef­fort slightly miss­ing the tar­get. Lija took the lead on 20 min­utes with a good move be­tween Ige and Beu with the ball fin­ish­ing in Dan­dolo’s path who fired low into the net past Camil­leri.

Four min­utes later Lija were very un­lucky not to dou­ble the score when when Paolo Dan­dolo’s fierce drive was stopped by the up­right. Lija con­tin­ued to press for­ward in search of the sec­ond goal with Bello Oasagie go­ing close on 39 min­utes.

Just be­fore the break, Fgura goal­keeper Matthew Camil­leri kept his side in the game with a bril­liant save off a Paolo Dan­dolo header fol­low­ing an Er­jon Beu well taken free­kick.

On the re­sump­tion Lija con­tin­ued to con­trol the pro­ceed­ings with Fgura goal­keeper Matthew Camil­leri again sav­ing his side off a Pre­drag Babic free­kick. On 65 min­utes Fgura went close with a great bal­lis­tic ef­fort from Galea that just went off tar­get.

Fif­teen min­utes from time an Uzeh shot sailed over the bar and sixty sec­onds later Er­jon Beu sealed the is­sue for Lija af­ter a good run that left the Fgura de­fence reel­ing.

Deep in stop­page time Fgura were rather un­lucky not to score when a Fex­mar­riaga free­kick slammed against the cross­bar.

Lija: L. Bon­nici, P. Babic, L. Mus­cat, D. Scerri, E. Beu, A. Galea (B. Antig­nolo), M. Clinch, B. Jac­carini, P. Dan­dolo (A. Sam­mut), A. Bello Osagie (L.J. Schem­bri), A. Ige

Fgura: M. Camil­leri, D. Aquilina, J. Dalli, E. Uzeh, M. Caru­ana, D. Agius, R. Spi­teri, C. Fenech, D. Cachia (W. Chir­cop), W. Jadean, V. Dos Son­tas (R.J. De Fex­mar­riaga)

Ref­eree: Matthew De­gabriele

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