Valletta fire blanks
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