Sec­ond half penalty de­cides keen game

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Val­letta 0 Mosta 1

This re­sulted to be a very keen and fast game watched by a large crowd at Ra­bat Ground.

Both teams had their good mo­ments and ref­eree Gor­don Camil­leri had a very dif­fi­cult en­counter to con­trol as there were many fouls com­mit­ted by both sets of play­ers. Val­letta are on one point as they drew their previous game against Pi­eta and Mosta won their first points as they lost their previous game against St An­drew.

The first threats came from Mosta. Jor­dan Vella was fouled out­side the area and the ball was headed aeay by Miguel Mi­callef from the free kick by Calvin Camil­leri. Liam Portelli then out­sped two de­fend­ers on the right flank and crosed the ball to Camil­leri in the area but Val­letta keeper An­dre’ Spi­teri saved his shot.

At the other end, Ge­orge Scerri was fouled on the right flank but from Ghigo’s free kick the ball was cleared away. In another ac­tion by Mosta Cay­don Bugeja re­leased Karl Bianco on the edge of the area and Spi­teri de­nied him with a div­ing save to a cor­ner.

Ghigo was then fouled in mid­field and the free kick by Sey­own Zam­mit cre­ated havoc in Mosta’s area but the ball was cleared.

Jeremy Mi­callef was fouled out­side the area and Ghigo missed Mosta’s up­right from the free kick. Spi­teri came to his side’s res­cue once again when he dived and saved a header from close rabge by Vella.

At the other end, Mosta keeper Kyle Zam­mit saved in two at­tempts a dis­tant shot by Shaun Dimech af­ter a Scerri pass.

Early in the sec­ond half, Mosta won a free kick as Portelli was fouled on the right flank. Camil­leri’s cross was headed slightly wide by Jor­dan Vella.

In the 62nd minute Mosta opened the score. Camil­leri served Vella with a through ball in the area and as he was tripped by the on­rush­ing Spi­teri the ref­eree pointed to the spot and showed the red card to Spi­teri. Camil­leri took charge of the spot kick and scored with a hard low drive send­ing Val­letta sub­sti­tute keeper Dea­con Grech the wrong way.

Val­letta went all out to try and save the day. Mi­callef was fouled on the right edge of the area and Zam­mit saved the free kick by the same player while sub­sti­tute Ken­ley Scerri drove slightly over the bar from out­side the area af­ter drib­bling past an op­po­nent.

In the 80th minute Val­letta were fur­ther re­duced to nine men when sub­sti­tute Jean­leon Cas­sar was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Liam Portelli.

Val­letta: A.Spi­teri, S.Zam­mit, O.Mackay, M.Ghigo, J.Mi­callef, R.Tonna, O.Duca, G.Scerri, E.Fenech, M.Mi­callef, S.Dimech

Mosta: K.Zam­mit, A.Bat­tis­telli, M.Aquilina, J.Aquilina, C.Bugeja, J.Vella, C.Camil­leri, L.Portelli, M.At­tard, M.For­mosa, K.Bianco Ref­eree: Gor­don Camil­leri Player of the match: Jor­dan Vella (Mosta)

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