Sliema goalie’s saves keep low score

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Sliema: Flo­ri­ana:

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The fi­nal score is not a clear in­di­ca­tion of the dif­fer­ence be­tween both teams. Sliema keeper Car­los Lia saved his side from a heav­ier de­feat with some spec­tac­u­lar saves. The game was a clean and keen af­fair ably con­trolled by ref­eree Gor­don Camil­leri.

Flo­ri­ana took the ini­tia­tive and Bran­don Bray drib­bled past an op­po­nent on the right flank but Lia saved his shot in two at­tempts.

Bradley Sciber­ras then served Mat­tia Zarb with a through ball but a de­fender cleared the ball to a cor­ner while later, Bray re­leased Zarb just out­side the area but Lia dived to save his shot to a cor­ner. In an­other Sliema ac­tion Mikajl Camil­leri served Jean Borg with a through ball but the drove over the bar from in­side the area.

Flo­ri­ana re­sumed their press­ing. Zarb re­leased Mif­sud on the left flank who, after en­ter­ing the area, missed the bar by inches.

In the last ac­tion be­fore the break, Agius was fouled on the left flank but after the free kick by Galea, Lia saved a header by Mif­sud.

In the first ac­tion after the restart, Bray was fouled on the left flank and fol­low­ing the free kick by Mif­sud the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Zarb.

In the 45th minute Flo­ri­ana opened the score. Agius set Zarb free in the area and a de­fender cleared the ball to a cor­ner which was taken by Sciber­ras. Lia was forced to palm the ball away to an­other cor­ner and after the flag kick by Sciber­ras, Kurt Theuma headed the ball into the top right hand cor­ner.

In an ac­tion by Sliema, Pirotta was fouled on the left edge of the area and Flo­ri­ana keeper Christo­pher Far­ru­gia saved the free kick by Jean Borg.

Flo­ri­ana kept tyring to in­crease their lead and sub­sti­tute Karl Far­ru­gia passed the ball to Zarb in the area but Lia de­nied him with a div­ing save to a cor­ner and after the flag kick by Sciber­ras, Lia had to dive and save a header by Theuma.

The last two ac­tions be­fore the end were cre­ated by Sliema. Sub­sti­tute Liam Ste­wart served sub­sti­tute Owen Zer­afa with a through ball in the area but Far­ru­gia foiled him with a timely sor­tie and Axl Zam­mit served Borg in the area but he missed the up­right.

C.Lia, S.Mus­cat, A.Zam­mit, S.Cas­sar, K.Camil­leri, G.Barone, M.De­sira, M.Camil­leri, N.Kelly, L.Pirotta, J.Borg

C.Far­ru­gia, S.Agius, S.Bar­tolo, M.Galea, J.Mal­lia Phyall, J.Far­ru­gia Vella, D.Mif­sud, K.Theuma, M.Zarb, B.Bray, B.Sciber­ras. Ref­eree: Gor­don Camil­leri. Player of the match: Si­mon Agius (Flo­ri­ana).

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