Top match ends in draw

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

This top match be­tween two of the front run­ners for the Premier berths fin­ished in a 1-1 draw with both goals scored in the first half. It was a fair re­sult in a highly spec­tac­u­lar match with both sides con­firm­ing that they have all cre­den­tials for the big step.

Sen­glea forged ahead on 14 min­utes when Ryan Dalli beat the off­side trap to fire home past a help­less Bon­nici. Three min­utes later Sam­mut fired slightly over the bar.

On 32 min­utes Lija drew level when Gar­cia Vi­dal left a cou­ple of de­fend­ers in his wake be­fore serv­ing Paolo Dan­dolo who scored with a low drive.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued on the same wave­length with both sides in search of the three points at stake. On 69 m in­utes Sen­glea went close when a Jun­inho Cabral shot was in­cred­i­bly stopped on the goal line by Antoine Borg.

The same player started the counter break with Paolo Dan­dolo hit­ting the up­right with Far­ru­gia beaten.

Both sides con­tin­ued to search for the winner with Sen­glea again hav­ing a ball cleared off the fa­tal goal line.

Lija A: L. Bon­nici, C. Cas­sar, P. Babic, L. Mus­cat, D. Scerri, E. Beu, A. Galea (B. Antig­nolo), J. Gar­cia Vi­dal (A. Bello Osagie), A. Borg, P. Dan­dolo (A. Sam­mut), A. Ige.

Sen­glea A: Jef­frey Far­ru­gia, Kane Far­ru­gia, R. Vella, J. Pace, K. Tanti, P. Doffo (M. De Sousa Dias), M. Del Ne­gro (C. Cas­sar), R. Dalli, P. Sam­mut, A. Obaje Smith, J. Cabral.

Ref­eree: Philip Far­ru­gia

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