Val­letta fire blanks

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Val­letta’s push to keep them­selves close to the lead­ing duo were punc­tured as they were held to a goal­less draw by Mosta. They now trail lead­ers Balzan by five points.

Af­ter an evenly bal­anced first half of few open­ings, Val­letta had so much dom­i­nance in the sec­ond but failed to cre­ate any strong chances.

The Cit­i­zens pro­duced a spate of in­di­vid­ual skill but did not gel as a team yes­ter­day.

Mosta de­fended in num­bers but never lost their com­po­sure although they were found want­ing in the fi­nal third. They had a lot of pos­i­tives but in foot­ball you have to score.

The teams went into this match in con­trast­ing for­tunes. Val­letta were un­beaten in six matches while Mosta were win­less also in six.

Statis­tics sug­gested that Val­letta might be a test too far for Ivan Zam­mit’s boys.

Two no­table ab­sen­tees for Val­letta were the sus­pended duo Clau­dio Pani and Fed­erico Fal­cone

Mosta stayed com­posed and de­fended in num­bers, clos­ing spa­ces at the back. Val­letta were only re­stricted to shoot from a dis­tance. Aguirre’s pile dr­fiver was de­flected into a cor­ner and Jhon­nat­tann hit the side net­ting. Malano’s try to­wards the end of the first half, failed to find the tar­get.

Mid­way through the half, Mosta’s Oseghale failed to cap­i­talise on a Camil­leri er­ratic clear­ance and he shot waste­fully wide.

But oth­er­wise the half did not of­fer much ex­cite­ment and the open­ing 45 min­utes were best for­got­ten by both sides.

Val­letta needed to show more ur­gency in the sec­ond half but did not want to be ex­posed at the back by the mo­bilty of Jackson, Mc Laren, Oseghale or

Stale­mate! Val­letta’s Ryan Camil­leri (num­ber 5) clears his lines ahead of Njongo Priso of Mosta (head cov­ered with ball) Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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