Bon­nici and Mes­sias keep Naxxar firmly on top

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Duane Bon­nici and Yuri Mes­sias scored two goals each yes­ter­day as the Lions roared past Ra­bat to notch their fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory and con­sol­i­date their top po­si­tion in the stand­ings.

Naxxar fully de­served their vic­tory which could have been even big­ger had it not been for some heroic saves from the Ra­bat cus­to­dian. Af­ter a bril­liant first half Naxxar eased the pres­sure and Ra­bat pulled one back and even hit the post be­fore suf­fer­ing the fourth goal that killed off their hopes of avoid­ing a third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Naxxar took the lead af­ter barely three min­utes play when De­bono passed to­wards the un­marked Yuri Mes­sias who eas­ily slot­ted home.

A minute later Naxxar went close to sec­ond goal when Mes­sias passed to­wards the un­marked Gue­vara Munoz whos shot was well saved by Mintoff.

On 13 min­utes Naxxar dou­bled the score when Yuri Mes­sias passed to­wards Duane Bon­nici who darted in­side the area from the left flank be­fore hit­ting home for a well taken goal.

Sixty sec­onds later Naxxar al­most scored a third but Mintoff made an out­stand­ing save off a point blank shot from Jur­gen De­bono.

Ra­bat had a good chance half way through the first half with Ryan Mi­callef test­ing Omar Borg. On 30 min­utes Mes­sias missed a sit­ter in front of goal and three min­utes later Mintoff again saved his side from a Bon­nici ef­fort.

In the dy­ing stages of the first half Ra­bat’s David Az­zopardi tested Omar Borg and on the other end Jur­gen De­bono missed a great chance with only Mintoff to beat.

On the re­sump­tion Ra­bat in­tro­duced Smeir and Abela but on 51 min­utes Naxxar scored a third, again through Duane Bon­nici.

On 62 min­utes Ra­bat pulled one back when Wayne Borg headed to­wards Ryan Mi­callef who shot home from close range. Eight min­utes later Ra­bat were un­lucky not to score a sec­ond when Ryan Mi­callef’s low shot hit the base of the up­right.

Eight min­utes from time Naxxar killed off Ra­bat’s resid­ual hopes when Mes­sias fin­ished in style a good run by sub­sti­tute Jove­nal.

Naxxar L: O. Borg, A. Buha­giar, J. El­lul, D. Bon­nici, R. Cas­sar, J. De­bono (R. Mer­cieca), M. Fenech, S. Gue­vara Munoz (U. Jove­nal), J. De­bono, A. Lu­bos (D. No­cera Gar­cia), Y. Mes­sias.

Ra­bat A: S. Mintoff, N. Caru­ana, L. Cauchi (S. Abela), S. Gauci, W. Borg, B. Mi­callef, N. At­tard (A. Smeir), D. Fal­zon, D. Borg (K. Mus­cat), R. Mi­callef, D. Az­zopardi. Ref­eree: Alex John­son

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