Lowly Fgura block Mqabba

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mqabba’s march to­wards the top po­si­tions was fur­ther hin­dered yes­ter­day as they could only ob­tain a point from a scor­less draw against lowly Fgura.

It was a low pro­file match which only burst to life in the dy­ing mo­ments of the game.

Fgura had the first op­por­tu­nity through hard work­ing Rod­er­ick Spi­teri, as Jo­hann Sci­cluna’s side lokked more ag­gres­sive and de­ter­mined in the open­ing phase of the game.

On 18 min­utes Mqabba had their first at­tempt at goal with Karl Cu­ta­jar’s ef­fort slightly miss­ing the base of the up­right.

Mqabba con­tin­ued to dic­tate in the re­main­ing min­utes of the first half and Fgura goal­keeper Matthew Camil­leri made a great save off a Karl Cu­ta­jar first timer. On 42 min­utes Mello Da Silva had a good op­por­tu­nity but he headed well over the bar.

Tha last at­tempt came Fgura’s way when Fex Mar­riaga’s free­kick missed the cross­bar by a whisker.

The sec­ond half failed to lift off with the first scor­ing chance cre­ated by Fex Mar­riaga on 64 min­utes, with the Fgura striker hav­ing two at­tempts at goal, both bril­liantly saved by De­bono.

Four min­utes later Mello Da Silva tried his luck from the edge of the area but his ef­fort was com­pletely off tar­get.

On 72 min­utes Luke Vella Cri­tien crossed to­wards Luca Casha who fired a good shot that slightly missed the tar­get.

Four min­utes later the same Casha tested Camil­leri fol­low­ing a melee in front of goal.

Three min­utes from time a Clau­dio Calleja grounder hit the base of the up­right and on the other end Fgura were also un­lucky when sub­sti­tute Josef Dalli hit the up­right fol­low­ing a Fex Mar­riaga free­kick.

Mqabba: J. De­bona, G. Ge­sualdi, A. Mello Da Silva, C. Calleja, K. Cu­ta­jar, L. Vella Cri­tien, M. Borg, P. Chimezie, Q. Breg­man (D. Az­zopardi), G. Adamovic, M. Bon­nici (L. Casha).

Fgura U: M. Camil­leri, D. Agius, D. Aquilina, E. Uzeh, R. Spi­teri, M. Spi­teri, G. Chir­cop, R. De Fex Mar­riaga, M. Caru­ana, W. Chir­cop (C. Fenech), W. Jadean (J. Dalli).

Ref­eree: Trustin Far­ru­gia Cann

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