Sirens win match be­tween pro­moted sides

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Marsa Sirens 0 2

In a match be­tween two newly pro­moted sides, Sirens had the last laugh beat­ing Marsa with a goal in each half. It was a rather harsh re­sult on Marsa who had the bet­ter through­out the ninety min­utes, but failed to get past Cini.

For Sirens it was a re­turn to vic­tory as they move to a healthy mid-ta­ble po­si­tion. For the Red­blues this was an un­ex­pected set­back af­ter two con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries had pushed Marsa to safer wa­ters.

There was a timid ap­proach from both sides in the open­ing phase, with Marsa more ag­gres­sive than their op­po­nents. Marsa’s first shot at goal came on twenty min­utes when Chris Cu­ta­jar’s shot on the turn went slightly off tar­get.

Two min­utes later Sirens goal­keeper Cini made the best save of the first half when he saved a point blank ef­fort from Saku­rai who was served by Gil­bert Martin. Marsa con­tin­ued to dic­tate and on 25 min­utes a Luke Scorfna first timer went over the bar.

On the half hour Sirens had their first sight at goal through a Miguel Ciantar free­kick. Two min­utes from the break Sirens broke the dead­lock when from an­other free­kick taken by Miguel Ciantar, Charles Newuche headed home from close range.

For the sec­ond half Marsa in­tro­duced De Melo Lima for Saku­rai, and the new­comer al­most did the trick on 47 min­utes when he was well served by Gil­bert Martin, but an out­stand­ing sor­tie from Cini saved Sirens.

Marsa con­tin­ued to at­tack for long stretches but failed to be dan­ger­ous in front of goal and on 77 min­utes Sirens sealed off the is­sue with a sec­ond goal when sub­sti­tute Lee Grech was well served by Miguel Ciantar, and he made no mis­take slot­ting the ball past the on­rush­ing Mif­sud. L. Mif­sud; L. Scorfna, R. Mif­sud, G. Martin, Y. Camil­leri, C. Cu­ta­jar, S. Meilak, B. Es­sel, K. Saku­rai (L. A. De Melo Lima), L. Omerou, E. Vella

S. Cini, D. Sant, D. Mar­tini, L. Zam­mit, D. Zampa (D. Bon­nici), I. Curmi, J. Ekani Ro­driguez, C. Caru­ana, C. Newuche, M. Ciantar (K. Etim), R. Sciber­ras (L. Grech)

Jude Amin Utulu. Naxxar L Sen­glea A Lija A Mqabba Vit­to­riosa S Qormi Sirens Pi­eta H Rabat A Marsa Melita Għargħur Fgura U Zeb­bug R P 8 9 9 8 9 9 9 9 8 9 9 9 8 9 W 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 D 0 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 1 3 L F A Pts 2 10 4 18 1 21 7 18 2 18 10 17 2 10 5 16 3 18 10 16 4 10 12 15 4 15 16 13 5 14 11 12 4 912 10 6 11 15 9 4 7 16 9 5 12 22 8 5 5 15 7 5 9 14 6

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