Ojoula and Grech hand Qormi derby vic­tory

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Qormi: Zeb­bug: Ref­eree:

Qormi Zeb­bug Rangers 2 0

Qormi reg­is­tered an im­por­tant vic­tory against their big­gest ri­vals, neigh­bours Zeb­bug, who now find them­selves in the last place in the ta­ble with just 6 points from eight mathes, de­spite sur­pris­ing Sen­glea with a draw in their last match.

Qormi were back to win­ning ways, hav­ing won three con­sec­u­tive matches out of their last four en­coun­ters, but los­ing their last out­ing.

Qormi won the match in the first half af­ter scor­ing two goals and then con­trolled well their op­po­nents in the sec­ond 45 min­utes.

For more than 30 min­utes the game failed to live up to ex­pec­ta­tion, and goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were far and few.

Qormi man­aged to break the dead­lock 36 min­utes into the match, when from a Bran­don Grech cor­ner, Noah Olawale Ojoula rose high to head home.

Two min­utes later Qormi could have made it 2-0 when Darko Medic’s header from another Bran­don Grech free-kick fin­ished just wide. On 42 min­utes it was Bran­don Grech whose crossshot nearly de­cieved Ju­lian Az­zopardi in the Rangers goal.

Qormi did dou­ble their lead shortly be­fore the break when a Bran­don Grech free-kick de­cieved Ju­lian Az­zopardi who only got a hand to it, with the ball sneak­ing in to the net.

Qormi set­tled down later on and won sev­eral cor­ners which Az­zopardi dealt with.

D. Balzan, C. Far­ru­gia, O. Sidibe, D. Vukovic, M. Camil­leri, B. Grech, A. Abela, T. Guz­man (Y. Yankam), D. Medic (D. Leeflang Boes­tra), A. Cas­sar, N. Ojuola (L. Chiedozie)

J. Az­zopardi, D. Borg, C. Ikenna Kean (O. Rababah), T. Tre­bo­val, R. Ba­jada, A. Curmi (S. Borg), A. Mi­callef, A. Agius (C. Pace), I. Meli, K. Zam­mit, R. Mandic

Es­ther Az­zopardi

Stand­ings

Naxxar L Sen­glea A Mqabba Lija A Qormi Vit­to­riosa S Ra­bat A Sirens Pi­eta H Melita Marsa Għargħur Fgura U Zeb­bug R 8 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 2 1 3 2 10 4 18 1 20 6 17 1 10 2 16 2 15 8 13 4 912 12 3 11 10 10 4 912 10 3 12 14 10 5 12 11 9 3 7 12 9 5 11 13 9 4 12 21 8 5 5 15 7 4 9 12 6

Rafael De Fex Mar­riaga of Fgura United (left) is chal­lenged by Ben­jamin Es­sel of Marsa (right) Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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