Lija keep pro­mo­tion hopes alive

Malta Independent - - SPORTS - Sirens Lija A.

Lija kept their pro­mo­tion hopes alive by beat­ing Sirens 2-1, thus con­sol­i­dat­ing their fourth place on the grid and keep­ing up with the top three in the race for pro­mo­tion. Both sides come from pos­i­tive show­ings in their last out­ings, but un­for­tu­nately for Sirens, Lija proved to have some­thing ex­tra.

Lija’s press­ing in the first stages of the match was re­warded af­ter 14 min­utes of play when they man­aged to take the lead. An­toine Borg was floored in the area by Dario Zampa, and the ref­eree im­me­di­ately pointed to­wards the spot. Er­jon Beu’s ef­fort was in­ter­cepted by goal­keeper, but was too strong for Sirens’ Cini to stop it com­pletely.

Lija con­tin­ued to dic­tate mat­ters and in the 26th minute a Leon Mus­cat drive from a Beu cross fin­ished just over the cross­bar.

Five min­utes be­fore the break it was Ai­den Galea who tried his luck with an ef­fort from out­side the area in which Sean Cini saved.

Lija dou­bled their lead nine min­utes af­ter the break, when Er­jon Beu was brought down in the area by Leonardo Gabrieli, and another penalty was awarded in their favour. From the spot, Er­jon Beu scored again.

Sirens were dan­ger­ous and man­aged to re-open the match on 63 min­utes, when Ciantar crossed the ball over to Jonas Ekani, who found the goal­keeper out­side his po­si­tion and tapped the ball home with a low shot.

Six min­utes later Sirens again came close when a Miguel Ciantar’s ef­fort from out­side the box fol­low­ing a Lee Grech pass fin­ished wide.

Sirens: S. Cini, D. Sant, T. Far­ru­gia, L. Gabrieli (D. Mar­tini), M. Bar­tolo, I. Curmi, D. Zampa (L. Grech), J. Ekani Ro­driguez, M. Ciantar, C. Newuche, R. Sciber­ras. Lija A.: L. Bon­nici, C. Cas­sar, P. Babic, L. Mus­cat, D. Scerri, E. Beu, A. Galea (P. Borg), A. Bello-Osagie (J. Gar­cia Vi­dal), A. Borg, P. Dan­dolo, A. Ige.

Ref­eree: Trustin Far­ru­gia Cann

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