Bonnici and Messias keep Naxxar firmly on top
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